I had so much fun doing my Sunshine post. I thought about things I hadn’t considered in years. As I was working on it, I couldn’t help but think, this would be great for my students.
With this in mind, my colleague and I worked on some kid-friendly questions. We decided only 10, being the average age of our fifth graders.
- If you had superpowers, what power would you pick?
- What lessons have you learned from a parent (mom or dad)?
- Tell something about an adult (other than your parents) who meant a lot to you.
- If you could have dinner with anyone living or dead, who would you choose?
- If you could take anything to a desert island, what would it be?
- What song has lyrics (words) that speak to your heart?
- What do you do when you’re bored?
- What frustrates you the most?
- What are you afraid of?
- If you could go back and change one thing in the past, what would it be?
Random Facts: I think the “random facts” section is the most intriguing part of the Sunshine post process. What you pick says something in itself. So of course, students get to choose 10 random facts about themselves.
Passing on the Sunshine: Why not have students pass on the process? Students can create their own questions and “nominate” other people in their lives. No numbers here, as many as they want.
I’m hoping to get a few things out of this process:
- Student self reflection — Everyone struggles with this. The more we do the better we get at it.
- Teacher information — I learned so much about bloggers reading their posts; I can’t wait to see what students will share.
- Seeds for memoir — Students, just like us, think they have nothing to say. But they do, it’s just buried in the day-to-day doings, just like us. Perhaps this process will help them find a few things that trigger an important moment that has shaped them.
- Seeds for future posts — I want students to use their blogs in a more reflective manner. Perhaps these lists will be a go-to tool for that purpose.
- Enhancing relationships — I’m wondering who they will pass the sunshine to? Friends, family, teachers, the principal.
So here’s to sharing the Sunshine with my students.