Since Kathie Hayes and I chose to work together to complete the research module/lesson plan project it was requested that we attach a paper indicating what our contribution to the project was in addition to our partner’s contribution. It is difficult to separate what Kathie and I completed individually because we met for two full days compiling our resources and developing lesson plans together. Therefore, I have chosen to provide the process by which we as a team completed this project and attempt to separate the portions we did individually.
On Thursday July 11, Kathie and I met at the Spokane Public Library downtown. We arrived at 10:30 and we remained until 4:00 in the afternoon. We spent the majority of our time in the Northwest Room. For several days prior to meeting, we had brainstormed the angle at which we wished to approach this unit and we came up with some groupings that would narrow our research in the library. We attempted to maximize our time by dividing between the two of us the general group categories we had come up with, locating resources to support these groups, and copying selected documents. Kathie spent a great deal of time using the microfiche to find newspaper articles we could use, I spent the majority of the time skimming through books and maps and photocopying what we planned on using. The librarian, Nancy. was extremely helpful in narrowing our resources to those that would support evidence of the business and industry in Spokane from 1873 -1900. After several hours, fifteen dollars, and no lunch break we decided to call it a day and reconvene the next morning with a fresh perspective.
The next day, Friday July 12, we met at our school site (Chase Middle School) at 8:00 and continued our work. We began by sitting down, sorting out the resources we had copied, and we proceeded to develop the groups/categories including lesson plans. We went through each of the nine groups and jotted down notes on resources, materials, objectives, and lesson plan directions for each group. Once this process was completed, Kathie sat down and began typing the lesson plans we had developed and I sat down and began typing the questions for the daily entry tasks we named “Frontier Photo Responses.” When I finished this step, Kathie was still working on the typed copy of the lesson plans.
I then began to utilize the internet to locate some additional resource materials the students would need for the chronology group, the data group, and the job seekers group. Once that was finished, I again returned to the photocopy machine to copy additional resources, collate packets, and organize the lesson plans into the designated group categories. As Kathie completed the final stages of typing, including the table of contents and the source/works sited list; I sat down and typed our overview for this unit. At 5:30pm after a very long day with again no break, we had finished the creating, typing, and organizing of our unit.
We then proceeded to Kinko’s where we had them copy the larger maps for our unit. Afterwards, we went to Staples to purchase the necessary materials for compiling an organized binder with all unit lesson plans and support materials. We finally sat down to put the final product together at 6:30pm over dinner and went home around 8:00pm.
For our purposes, this is a completed unit in its entirety. Should other teachers use some of these ideas in their classrooms, they could certainly add to it as they saw fit. As we put a great deal of time, energy, and thought into this unit, we would appreciate getting the original binder returned for our own use in our classrooms. If there are further questions or concerns about the contributions of either of us, please feel free to approach/contact either one of us.
Kelly Kesler and I worked together on your final assignment pertaining to a lesson module. One of the requirements asked of us was to explain what part each of us completed. That’s easy -we cooperated on the initial brainstorming while sharing a ride daily. We took turns making notes on what each of us came up with for ideas. It was a totally shared commitment, and I don’t feel as though either one of us did more or less than the other. We did work very hard though to complete the assignment as we understood it.
After the brainstorming and note taking, Kelly and I met at the Northwest room of the Spokane Public Library. Since we already had a list of news articles we started there. We took turns going through the Spokane newspapers and copying from the originals. Simultaneously, depending on which one of was free at that moment, began the search through books and maps. We both bombarded Nancy Campos with questions and she was kind, patient, and helpful. She answered questions, helped us find a book we were searching for, brought out maps that we requested and at one point even held the maps for us -we couldn’t balance them, slip money in the coin slot and be careful of the map’s fragile nature without three of us working in tandem.
We worked from 10 AM until three or four o’clock. I was so rummy by then I don’t recall the exact time. We were concerned about a possible parking ticket though, but our luck held and we were ticket-free.
We met again the next morning at Chase Middle School since copying is free there and we’d just spent a small fortune at the library at a dime a shot. Kelly and I decided to categorized our materials, set up chapters, and brainstormed each lesson plan. We used guides for resources, materials needed, directions, etc. Then we took turns typing out each page and assembling materials for each chapter. We also discussed the overview and what you might want in it, the table of contents and sources. We also took turns typing up this information from our mutual notes.
We worked from 8 AM until 5:30 PM when it was so hot not even the fans were cooling us, since we didn’t always remember to hit the air-conditioner’s over-ride button. We were hot, tired and cranky. And we still weren’t finished. We had to have large maps copied at Kinko’s and needed notebooks and other supplies from Staples.
We hit Kinko’s first at their downtown store on Spokane Falls Blvd., leaving our maps and instructions, we then dashed off to North Division for a Staples outlet, rushed through their store loading our cart with dividers, notebooks, plastic sleeves and tabs. Paid for our supplies, got into a hot car and prayed for the air-conditioner to kick into high (it was 106 degees that day), and drove south for Kinko’s. The workers were almost finished. We paid for our copying, and headed for the parking lot. We let the air-conditioner bombard us for a minute while we figured which restaurant we’d go to for dinner (we hadn’t eaten all day again-we forget to yesterday also), and then we’d also use their table for assembling the last of our project. So, if the notebook you’re holding smells a little like fajitas and beer, well, Chili’s was our last stop. We finished everything by 9:19 PM. I know this because I looked at my cell phone clock when I was phoning home to let family know I was still alive and hadn’t left the country.