In the afternoon we put the students through a number of exercises to prepare them for the big challenge that we gave them later in the afternoon. We used the initiative game "Tower of Power" to explore process and the need for a process strategy. After the completion of that activity we gave them our "process strategy cards" which are eleven cards each containing a process strategy step. These strategy cards were developed by teachers in New England and found useful in planning large group problem solving. We asked the teachers to put them in an order that would work for them. They could discard some, add new ones, or use some as "wild cards". i.e., use them at any point in the process. They efficiently completed the task at which point my Lebanese teaching colleague provided them with a Knute Rockne caliber pep talk before handing them their big large-group challenge. They received it at 2:45 PM and have to present their findings to a outside panel at 11:00 AM tomorrow. It will be a hectic morning tomorrow but I am confident they can pull it off. They did an excellent job of "chunking" the challenge and determining the tasks to be completed and questions answered. They are fun group to work with and it is a real joy to work with them. My Lebanese colleagues Nawal and Maha are great and I am confident that they and their colleagues Nayla and Georgette will continue on with the work we have started.
Tonight was restful as we have no special work to prepare for tomorrow. I'll download today's photos and call it a night. Tomorrow is a different story. We'll be burning the midnight oil writing up observations and perhaps even preparing a PowerPoint presentation.