Fire Of The Gods? Nope…just Flashcards.

Although an interplanetary journey here, to deliver a Kryptonia Sunstone...really, all I did was explain flashcards.

Although an interplanetary journey here, to deliver a Kryptonia Sunstone…really, all I did was explain flashcards.

No joke. We do all of this discussion about “technology in education,” “best practices in teaching and learning,” and my favorite, “development of critical skills and study habits.” Somehow, amidst all of that fancy doubletalk, teachers often forget to thell students some really basic things about what to do when they say, “go home and study.”

I have this mock trial assignment for the pursuasive writing and oral presentation standards that I love. Leading into mock trial, I give a mock bar exam, the highest six student scores determining the legal teams for each class. The bar exam is long, primarily short answer, with one brief paragraph in addition. It also uses a great deal of legal vocabulary, such as testimony, or “leading the witness.”

To prepare for it, I have students create flashcards.

I discovered this a few years ago. I’ve been teaching for fourteen years now, but just a couple of years back I suggested flashcards as a means of learning the vocabulary of our trial. Quite seriously, a student looked at me, raised his hand, and asked, “What do you mean, flashcards?”

I was stunned. I polled the class, and only a handful had any idea of what I was talking about.

Undaunted, I talked them through the creation of, and more importantly, the use of flashcards. It was kind of amazing to watch many students become relieved…because finally, there was a framework for study, that they both understood, and could self manage.

Granted, you can’t learn everything by memorization. However, the very idea of a study skill like tht was new. Soon, I was handing out index cards for students to use in every class. As we all know, there are enough memorization level questions in school that this sudden increase in study had a noticeable affect on grades.

Somehow, every year I forget this important lesson until Mock Trial. Perhaps I think that the teachers in Elementary School have finally gotten around to it, or to teaching at all.

Just last week I revisited the feeling of stealing Fire from the Gods. My students now have hundreds of flashcards.

The artwork, then, is pretty easily interpreted. I used the Kryptonian crystal as a visual reference because it’s cool…and because I’m constantly referencing throwing things into the sun as a way of losing them. It suggests, then, that there is nothing of value in the sun…just garbage and douchebags that have been chucked into it. Oh…and thermonuclear fire.

But Kryptonian crystals? They usually have at least a good message on them, if not the totality of Krypton’s history and architecture for an Ice Fortress. That’s good quality Promeathean Stuff.

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