Survive This..

Survive the worst thing that can happen to you given what you've learned from your schooling.

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Students brainstorm a list of the worst things that could happen to them now or in the future. Challenge them to come up with a ways to survive/thrive in that situation given what they've learned from school.

How does this idea help to spark student curiosity?

Everyone has a dream for what they want from life. This is their Plan A. It's prudent to prepare for bumps along the way: Plan B. Adversity, like necessity, can birth innovation and creativity. This is an exercise in design thinking where a student empathizes with their unfortunate self to frame a problem and, hopefully, solve it. After all the high stakes testing this provides students with a way to prototype how their education has prepared them.

What grade level is this idea most appropriate for?

  • All of the above

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Photo of Molly McMahon
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Hey Urbie -- do you mind if I use your dino image in our workshop tomorrow at Nueva? I love it! And, I want to show case the zany creativity in the Guild. And no pressure...if it's a no go, no worries. AND..I can't wait to meet you in real life.

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Sure! Use away!

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Urbie! This is so power rad fantastic. Wheels a blazin' right now.

Is this something you've done before or just a mind boom? Wondering what it might look like in terms of a classroom experience -- the design of the experience . . . I can see lots of possibilities.

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Something that popped into my head waking up this morning. I don't teach K-12. I design learning experiences for clinicians. Thinking up stuff like this helps me come up with stuff to try in my work. If you try it, let me know how it works out for you please.

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Urbie, I love that you woke up with this idea and thought to add it to The Teachers Guild. So cool! We're looking forward to hearing more from you :)

Photo of Molly McMahon
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I love this-- I feel like I need to try this just so I can document how I escaped from dinos!