Thinking the same things.
Saying the same things.
Going in the same direction.
So, three cheers for LEARNING SUBJECTIVES. If anybody ever tries to get me to define my learning objectives, I will reply ... with subjectives. :-)
Subjectivity is my objective.
Choice. Cuique suum: to each their own.
One of the best things I did in my Myth-Folklore class this year was to create something I call the UnTextbook, which is a giant collection of myth and folklore readings from around the world, and the students build their own textbook week by week with the choices they make. Students take notes on their favorite stories from what they read each week (they share those notes in their blogs), and then they retell one of the stories in their own way (and the stories go in their blogs too). So, one layer of personal choice and then another layer of personal choice... all those blogs, all those stories — and then at the end of the week, they visit each other's blogs and see what they can learn from each other.
Different reading, different writing... nothing the same. The best antidote to boredom I can think of, as well as the best recipe for learning.
When I did the calculations based on students choosing and choosing and choosing week by week from all those reading units, I calculated that this is the number of possible textbooks:
This summer, I am really excited about building an UnTextbook like this for my Indian Epics class.
MY SUBJECTIVE: I'm hoping that #rhizo15 will give me all kinds of ideas to energize that process.