The Pedagogy of Biography Day
|Neil Armstrong holds forth on the unique experience of walking on the moon.|
The new format for biography day is well-conceived. The students stand around the table with one of their parents, deliver their prepared remarks, and then take questions from the audience. The audience today, which consisted of fellow biography day fourth graders and Mr. Morganti's fourth grade plus some parents, had a lot of questions. Loved to see that.
What students learn in this?
- To read something they enjoy
- To read a biography
- To inhabit the life of another, factually and also imaginatively
- To speak publicly, with notecards, in front of an audience
- To think on their feet