Star of the Week Update

Lance has given this update with some changes by Sabrina on Star of the Week. I like how simple it is:
There are notable changes Sabrina has made that everyone should be aware of before adapting this year-long activity to suit their own style, and community. Sabrina’s process:
– Create spreadsheet with the questions, and the response/statement frames.
– Give all students the spreadsheet ahead of time (they fill out their own answers as an activity), and distribute/collect the sheets each day you interview someone.
– Stay with a single student for 3, 4 days and exhaust the questions (they can change answers, and don’t have to stick to the ones they originally wrote).
– Create PPT (from a template for a simple switch of student details) along with a picture of the student, which he/she sends you, on each slide. The next day, present and review the student’s responses with the class (this replaces the less-formal oral review, and places a bit more emphasis on a single student at one time – drawback is that you MIGHT not get to every student).
– Give a simple quiz after every student or two.
To see the one Lance has for his Latin students, which can be translated of course, and to visit Lance’s website, which is excellent:
Discipulus Illustris: Updated Materials and Variation



4 thoughts on “Star of the Week Update”

  1. “…distribute/collect the sheets each day you interview someone.”
    The kids all get their sheets back and have them during each interview? Why is this? So they can add/revise. So they can follow along with the questions?
    Doesn’t that distract from the listening? Or am I misunderstanding?
    Thank you!
    I love this activity and did it a lot last year and am starting it again this year. It rocks!

  2. She did mention how she also projects the blank spreadsheet while interviewing a student. She will Point&Pause on the actual screen instead of to a poster on the wall. This becomes practical with questions changing so often.
    The inquiry into diverted attention is a good question for Sabrina to answer.

    1. I’ve seen the projected questions and the kids with their own questionnaires sitting there. It works. What I saw was them listening to the interviewing by Sabrina, processing that, and then checking their own answers. And then Sabrina would pounce on those moments of comparison to spin in more discussion about what so and so responded, comparing/contrasting with the star of the week’s answers, which comparing and contrasting is one of our big bread and butter moves along with either/or and all those other ways we have of keeping the CI smorgasbord-like.

  3. This is so sweet. I like how it’s easy to modify up and down for different ability levels by simply adding fewer details.

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