Reflections of Blending English and Technology in the Classroom

Amazing QR Race Staff Kick Off

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BCLUW kicked off the 2011-2012 school year with a staff QR code race organized by new principal, Cari Teske. The staff was grouped together and “raced” around town in search of QR codes that were placed at local businesses. At each business location we had to do 2 things: 1. take a picture of technology in the workplace, 2.  interview bosses on the qualities they looked for when hiring.

Why this worked:

1.Movement – we, as a staff, interacted and physically moved. We didn’t sit and listen in lecture-style manner.

2. Purpose – connected with businesses to see the technology they used and qualities they look for when they hire.

3. Applicable in classroom – this exercise could easily be adapted into the classroom. In fact, when I have students participate in a writing marathon this fall we will mimic this activity.

4. Fun – Learning can and should be fun, even for adult learners.

Top qualities businesses look for when hiring:

1. Communication Skills

2. Appearance/hygeine

3. Punctualality

4. Integrity

5.Personality, ability to get along with others

How many of these are measurable on the state tests? But….. how important are these skills?

Cari used QR Treasure Hunt Generator  to organize and create the codes.


Written by sfarnsworth

August 19, 2011 at 2:41 pm

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  1. Thanks for mentioning this activity! It was a great way to open the door of collaboration with staff and businesses! It also reminded us of skills that we all need to be a positive contributor in the workforce. While being proficient in content is important, we also need proficient people skills…..something not measured on standard tests.

    Cari Teske (@cariteske)

    August 19, 2011 at 9:39 pm

  2. I love the community interaction with this. Just sent it to our Assistant Superintendent.
    Thanks for sharing!

    jason Markey (@jmarkeyAP)

    August 22, 2011 at 9:01 pm

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