Communication Arts-CFG

COMMUNICATION ARTS CLASS/CRITICAL FRIENDS GROUP (7th GRADE) 

In this class, students learned about interpersonal communication. The focus of the class was to create what is known as a “Critical Friends Group.” This does not mean that your child and all other students in the class became each other’s best friends, but rather, the goal in a “Critical Friends Group” is to create an atmosphere of safety built upon gaining trust with each other and with me as their facilitator. My goal in this class was to help develop students who are creative, critically thinking, problem solving, and caring young people. Students were taken through a series of protocols to promote meaningful and efficient communication, problem solving and learning. These protocols gave every person in the room time for active listening and reflections so that all voices in the room were heard and honored.

Below is a daily agenda for the Critical Friends Groups that were created with two separate Communication Arts classes this past year (Quarter II, Periods 1 and 2). Documentation files are listed below the table. 

NOVEMBER 2015

11-9-2015

·         Welcome!

·         Name Game

11-10-2015

·         Transitions

·         Agreements

11-11-2015

·         Emergency Drill Information

·         Parent Letter

11-12-2015

·         Transitions

·         Continue Agreements

11-13-2015

·         Transitions

·         “All about me…” 1 minute speeches

11-16-2015

·         Transitions

·         Agreements Review

·         Compass Points Activity

11-17-2015

·         Transitions

·         Finish Compass Points Activity

11-18-2015

·         Transitions

·         Reflections

·         Feedback Nightmares

11-19-2015

·         Transitions

·         Giving and Receiving Feedback

11-20-2015

·         Transitions

·         Feedback Nightmares Journal Reflections

11-23-2015

·         Transitions

·         Feedback Reflections

·         Hopes and Fears Protocol

11-24-2015

·         Transitions

·         Finish Hopes and Fears Protocol

11-30-2015

·         Transitions

·         Hopes and Fears Reflections

·         Essay Prompt

DECEMBER 2016

12-1-2015

·         Transitions

·         Zones of Comfort, Risk and Danger

12-2-2015

·         Transitions

·         Zones Pie Chart Activity

12-3-2015

·         Transitions

·         Journal Reflection Questions for Zones of Comfort, Risk and Danger Activity

12-4-2015

·         Transitions

·         Zones Reflections Review

·         Speed Success Analysis

12-5-2015

 

·         Transitions

·         Finish Speed Success Analysis

12-7-2015

·         Transitions

·         Journal Reflection Questions for Speed Success Analysis

12-8-2015

·         Transitions

·         Seep Success Reflections

·         Finish Reflection Questions for Speed Success analysis

12-9-2015

·         Transitions

·         Review “Warm and Cold Feedback”

·         Begin Tuning Protocol

12-10-2015

·         Transitions

·         Tuning Protocol

12-11-2015

·         Continue Tuning Protocol

12-14-2015

·         Transitions

·         Finish Tuning Protocol

12-15-2015

·         Transitions

·         Begin Journal Reflection Questions for Tuning Protocol

12-16-2015

·         Transitions

·         Tuning Reflections

·         Dilemma Consultancy Protocol

12-17-2015

·         Transitions

·         Finish Dilemma Consultancy

12-18-2015

·         Transitions

·         Free Explore Day! Happy Holidays!

JANUARY 2016

1-4-2016

·         Transitions

·         Welcome back!

·         Happy New Year!

1-5-2016

·         Transitions

·         Finish Dilemma Consultancy

·         Begin Journal Reflection Questions for Dilemma Consultancy

1-6-2016

·         Assembly-no class

1-7-2016

·         Transitions

·         Finish Journal Reflection Questions for Dilemma Consultancy

1-8-2016

·         Transitions

·         Dilemma Consultancy Reflections

·         Explore Day/Catch up on journals

1-11-2016

·         Snow Day/No school

1-12-2016

·         Transitions

·         Review Dilemma Consultancy Reflections

1-13-2016

·         Transitions

·         Tuning (Triads)

1-14-2016

·         Transitions

·         Finish Tuning (Triads)

1-15-2016

·         Transitions

·         Journal Reflection Questions for Tuning (Triads)

1-18-2016

·         MLK DAY/No School

1-19-2016

·         Transitions

·         Chalk Talk/Gallery Walk

1-20-2016

·         Quarter Assessment

1-21-2016

·         Transitions

·         Party/End of CFG Celebration

1-22-2016

·         Transitions

·         Final CFG Journal Reflections