One of my favorite podcasts is Song Exploder:

Song Exploder is a podcast where musicians take apart their songs, and piece by piece, tell the story of how they were made. Each episode is produced and edited by host and creator Hrishikesh Hirway in Los Angeles. Using the isolated, individual tracks from a recording, Hrishikesh asks artists to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating their work.

I’ve blogged before how I thought of extending this idea into the kind of blogging we are asking participants in Ontario Extend to do. For this activity, you will consider a single class lesson plan you have developed as a “song” that you will “explode” in the same manner– layer by layer from the first ideas, through experiments, to the final class materials.

Can you explode the plan to show the story of how it was made?

Class Exploder is an Ontario Extend activity where teachers take apart a single class plan, and piece by piece, tell the story of how it was made. Each blog post is produced and edited by a teacher who produced the materials. Using their notes, memory, influences, this activity asks teachers to delve into the specific decisions that went into creating a class plan.

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4 Responses to “Class Exploder”

  1. Terry Elliott

    I think this is a great idea. Even better if you go into creating a class with this kind of reflection uppermost. I love the authentic talk that arises from “thinking out loud” through an idea.



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