…or as we like to call it, Generic Task Day, because it apparently sounds funny.
You can use this task day again and again.
Choose a subject. Choose something you don’t know too much about. I mean, it could be something you are interested in, or not, but it shouldnt be something you are already an expert in, because the aim of this day is to learn new things.
- learn about a new topic – facts and figures
- refine your research skills (Internet skills)
- expand your range of sources (books, people, primary resources)
- improve your presentation skills (handwriting, software, other fine motor such as cutting)
- investigate artistic ways of presenting information (painting, collage, photography, music)
- develop oral presentation skills (oral presentation, youtube video, information report)
- learn new things ‘ad infinitum’ (To infinity; endlessly; on and on without end)
Choose a topic.
- choose your own topic
- ask someone to choose a topic for you
- throw a whole bunch on topics on pieces of paper and pick one randomly
- Use a topic generator (some are super basic and some are quite complex)
Choose some ways to present information (I suggest three to four).
- Informational leaflet
- Computer presentation (Powerpoint, video, Prezi, etc…)
- Oral presentation (in front of a small audience, one to one, video based, online)
- compose a song / musical piece.
- Non-fiction writing / instructional piece.
- Drama / play / script / dance.
- Craft (sewing / crochet / woodwork etc…).
- Mapwork (label a map, create a map, use a map to plan a trip).
- Make a model.
- Any other way of presenting information.
Planning for Feedback
Decide how you will receive feedback from your ‘audience’.
- paper questionnaire
- online questionnaire
- verbal Q & A session
- written response
- star rating
- informal chat
- formal grade
Collate your tasks.
Collect your feedback.
Bring your project to a close by gathering together the tasks in one place. Produce cover sheets or contents pages if you think it helps, or store it in a digital manner. Don;t forget to include any feedback you receive.
Complete a simple personal reflection. This could be in a journal or a blog entry, or in a more specific format. I may add some examples later of good ones that you develop.