Friday, September 23, 2011


I stumbled onto this post about Learning Journeys the other day and it reminded me I totally forgot to blog about something I'm trying this year. First, a visual.


I'll post the link at the bottom of the page in case you're having trouble reading. What is it? It's a storyline of the things we've been learning. You start in the upper left and follow the arrows. Here's a zoomed in version of the bottom left corner.

Any blank line they're supposed to fill in with a sentence and the boxes should have drawings of the particles.

Here's the part I'm proud of. Do you see that half-line on the middle of the left side of the page? We are going to make another one in a few weeks and connect it to this one. My goal is to connect the entire year together. If I was more organized I could have plotted it all ahead of time and figured out how to get multiple connections (and back to the beginning) but that will just have to wait.

We'll have an ongoing record of how we got to where we are and I'll fill be able to fill up one of those blank bulletin board spaces that my principal is always yelling at me for. Win win!

Here's a keynote 08 version (zipped because I can't figure out how to get dropbox to recognize keynote files) and a pdf. Don't forget to print it without borders.

Edit: Additional comments in next post.


  1. I love this! I never have anything on my bulletin board either. I have been wanting to make a conscious effort to circle back around and get the kids to reconnect with earlier material as well. This is much better than anything I came up with. Keep it up :)

  2. bookmarked. this is really good. I love that you're taking students through the actual learning process, giving context to the activities and concepts you do in the classroom.

    I really like this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. Jason, what a great idea! I love how to take the material full circle (and...who doesn't need bulletin board material!). Thanks for sharing

  4. You wouldn't happen to have one already done for forces and motion, would you? It's such a great idea, and I hate duplicating effort if I can avoid it...