Speed Dating while Mapping

Gummi bears arranged in pairs as if speed dating

Preparation for class Friday

Remember, come to class tomorrow ready to talk for one minute about your plans for the mapping Fun Home project–have a draft of your elevator pitch ready to go. You will also need to be ready to listen to your classmates as they pitch their projects and to offer feedback to them. Please make sure to get to class on time, so that we can start and get in 8 rounds of dialog.

Bring your copy of Fun Home with you to class, along with any notes or sketches that you’ve made.

How this will work

Half the class will remain stationary while the other half will rotate seats every 6 minutes. At the start of each session, you and your partner will take turns talking for one minute about your plans. Listen carefully and take notes as your partner talks. Once you have each described the project you have in mind, you’ll have 4 minutes to give each other feedback and suggestions. When I call time, those of you who are rotating will each move one seat over and then and the process will repeat.

In the 50 minutes of class, we should be able to get in 8 rounds of 6-minute dialogs. You’ll have spoken one-on-one with half of the class about the projects, so by the end of the day Friday, you should have a broad overview of what your classmates are thinking about and you should have gotten a range of different responses and suggestions about what you are thinking about. Hopefully, you will leave class on Friday with a sense of empowerment as you come down the stretch on finishing the assignment.


(image credit: “blip_4: Speed Dating Jelly Babies” by Flickr user Michael Crane)