GISHWHES 2013: Team UndercoverCivilians

It’s been a few weeks since I’ve posted some of my adventures, which grad school, teacher back-to-school, and GISHWHES will do to you. But fear not, I’ve still had adventures aplenty.

GISHWHES, which stands for The Greatest International Scavenger Hunt the World Has Ever Seen, was a magical experience. One week, 156 crazy items to scavenge photos/videos for . . .

Just A few of the AWESOME  adventures that GISHWHES inspired for my teammates and I: 

1.) “Roost on a busy sidewalk until your egg hatches. Announce the birth with a squawk (no more than a 15 second video).”

2.) Create a dynamic, documentary short film exposing little-known facts about your hometown (two minute video).

3.) Go to work dressed as a robot. We must see clips of you getting ready in the morning, commuting, and arriving at work and doing your job. We must also see the reactions of people you pass on your commute and/or at work.

4.) Get your team’s new ice cream flavor on sale in an ice cream parlor. The new flavor must have a catchy new name and must be a combination of ingredients that we (the judges) have never before heard of in an ice cream. The ice cream shop employee must tell a customer what is in your ice cream and the customer must sample your new flavor.

5.) Find an example of someone who engages in sustained generosity in your community and then do something nice for them.  In the video, you must describe what the person does for their community, and then show what your kind gesture toward them is.

6.) A preacher in church condemning GISHWHES and GISHWHESHEANS.

7.) A university professor giving a technical explanation of why the telegraph will inevitably be making a comeback.

8.) Find a dog named, “Castiel.” Call it. Have it come when called.

9.)Write a haiku about waiting. Post it (no graffiti!) at a bus stop.

haikus

10.) While showing some sign of the dragon-attack on your clothing or body, panhandle on a sidewalk (NOT ON A MEDIAN IN TRAFFIC!) with a sign that reads: “A DRAGON BURNED MY CASTLE DOWN.”

Panhandling Princess

11.) Bear and Dragon clothing made from Kale.

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12.) Make a picture book for preschoolers explaining the Pythagorean theorem.

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13.) You are what you eat. Prove it.

you are what you eat

14.) If Gishwhes were a moving or shipping company, what would its slogan be? Let’s see the slogan on the side of an 18-wheeler. Letters must be at least 3 feet in height. No illegal graffiti allowed! You must have permission from the owner of the truck and we must see the entire truck in the image.

ship it

15.) Make your country’s flag from food or food packaging.

map it

16.) Make a cozy quilt from old dirty socks. Snuggle up in it alone or with your best friend.

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17.) Let’s see a portrait of Chris Hardwick from the Nerdist.com made from dried fruit.

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18.) Taxidermy animals dressed for and playing or doing one of the following: roller derby, doubles tennis in whites, a 4-some of golfers (must be traditionally dressed with knickers), cricket players in whites, disco dancing (in 70s disco clothes), synchronized swimming (with nose clips), or a karate class (black belts).

taxidermy

19.)Go through a fast food drive-through with an adult dressed as a baby in a car seat in the back. The adult must have a pacifier in his or her mouth and must be pre-verbal.

Baby Adult

20.) Release the Kraken.Release the Kraken

21.) Mexico is famous for the perfect desert: the churro. We know churros are delicious, but what else are they good for? Improve on perfection by modifying a churro to serve an alternate non-food purpose.

churro swords

22.)A fully dressed nun in her habit going down a waterslide or swinging on a rope into a river.

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23.) Viking Rats.Viking Rats

24.) Little Jack Horner, Little Bo Peep, Peter Pumpkin, Little Boy Blue and the Queen of Hearts at a late-night vice-ridden poker game.

Nursery Crimes

25.) You, dressed as The Flash in the LHC (Large Hadron Collider) tunnel. If this is too difficult, you will get full credit for dressing as The Flash in any actual, operational particle accelerator.

flash at Cornell!

26.) Shoot a real life comic book page. In other words, shoot 4 photographs of something that looks like it would be in a comic book or graphic novel and arrange the photos like panels onto one page. This must be an original story with original characters and it must be staged, not photoshopped. You have to figure out how to make the thought or dialogue bubbles and lettering during the shoot.

Comic?27.) What would a teddy bear hostage situation look like?

teddy bear hostage

28.) Create an online dating profile for your pet on a real dating site.

winky's dating profile

29.)

  1. Let’s see you and a friend, side-by-side, donating blood or platelets. Wear something festive on your head to commemorate the occasion.

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30.) Rage against the dying of the light.dying of the light

And there were so many more!!!

I’m kind of happy for the break, but already looking forward to:

GISHWHES 2014!

Méchantes Ados : Teaching French Through Mean Girls

I have never been the biggest fan of Mean Girls.

(We’re talking the movie, as I don’t think anyone is actually a fan of mean people, regardless of gender.)

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It’s not that I disliked it, per se, but given my choices for high-school film satire, I prefer 10 Things I Hate About You, She’s The Man, Easy A, or even Clueless to Mean Girls. Recently, however, I’ve been shown the (somewhat dubious) light by a fervent group of persuasive students in my French Classes. After listening to them unanimously extol the virtues of this film, I subsequently decided to integrate it into my class as a year-end part of a unit on story-telling.

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Some of you (particularly if you are a teacher) might think that this is playing with fire. . . as Mean Girls is more than a little bit inappropriate.

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So, in order to navigate this, which I decided would be okay since all of my students had already seen the film in English AND because it got them excited about French Class even in late June, I made a permission slip for all students to get signed prior to showing the film. (Download a modify-able copy of it by clicking  THIS, if you’d like!) I did this right at the beginning of my Comment Raconter Une Histoire unit, so that by the time students had an opportunity to learn/work with basic storytelling vocabulary, we could watch the film (en français, bien sur!). After showing the Canadian-French version of Mean Girls (Méchantes Ados), we rounded out the year with a final “story-telling” project; the making, and subsequent sharing of our very own “Burn Books”.

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I set it up a little differently, because I didn’t want any truly nasty things being written in my class… just juicy secrets, or as the French might say des secrets explosifs/croustillantsHERE is the link for my project prompt, if you’re interested in integrating this in your own French 2 class! With that set up, students began to engage in the process towards their final creation! As always is the case when I let my students be creative, I was ridiculously impressed with the  outcome!

Check them out:

Awesome Student Burn Book 1: Written by “Polar Bear

Awesome Student Burn Book 2: Written by “Happy-Go-Lucky”

Burn Book Gone Wild. . . & French

Check out the amazingly histerical and wonderful student work I received in class today!

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Page 1: The Zebra went to the mall to get a spray tan because she was really a horse!Oh Horsey

Page 2: The Ostriche went to the club with the giraffe because they were strippers.OH my, scandalous!

Page 3: The tiger went shopping at Whole Foods because he was a vegitarian.Tofu!

Page 4: A lady-owl went to the speach therapist because she couldn’t say “who”!Well, Owl Be!

Page 5: The fly went to the garage to buy a car because he couldn’t fly.GET IT? IT'S A FLY!!!

Page 6: The butterfly bought makeup at the mall because she was part Moth.True Colors?

Page 7: The polar bear lived in the forest because he thought he was an albino.Not your Niche, Polarbear

Page 8: The Hippo had a baby with the Muskrat because she wanted a hippopotomuskrat!New Species Alert