Amy Koester of Show Me Librarian and I are tag-teaming at our blogs this week to report out the Chicago ALA Conversation Starter -Unprogramming: Recipes for School Age Success - that we led on Monday July 2 (see below for links to the whole series). Please join our continuing conversation in the comments or on Twitter by using the hashtag #unprogramming.
Amy and I were both so excited to have a chance to share the thoughts behind unprogramming at a national conference level. And we were uber pleased to have a SRO crowd of colleagues come to the program.
What's fun about unprogramming is that it really isn't new. Most of you are doing unprogramming already in big and little ways. We are simply pulling the threads together and encouraging everyone to try this more mellow approach and see real benefits. Just starting the conversation, so to speak.
The audience at our program joined the conversation and shared great ideas of how they have used the unprogramming concept in their programs. Below are a few quick ideas people shared of programs they are doing:
Painting to Music - kids pull up music on YouTube and then paint while listening to it. Disfferent beats elicit different art responses. The art the kids create is then hung in the room.
Stamping - using Ed Emberley's books as inspiration, kids use stampers and stamp pads to create their own nique creations.
Bibliobop - combining books with music and dance
"Training Camps" - train kids to be a cowboy or pirate or logger or astronaut in these free-form programs that allow kids to pick up "skills" they need to become mighty.
Book Club - kids choose individual books to each read and then videotape interviews with each other booktalking their choice.
Guys Read Club - always done with a book component as well as a "smashing" component (water balloons off a roof; TV drop)
Plus Stuffed Animal Sleepovers, Teddy Bear Clinics, Messy Art Club!
Please share ideas for your unprograms in the comments or under the #unprogramming hashtag on twitter.
We storified the twitter feed for more audience reactions and ideas. Amy will finish our series today with our slide deck.
Thanks for joining us so we could share the fun of this program from ALA in the blogosphere with all of you. And thanks to Amy for being the best presentation partner one could have!
Part 1 - Program Motivations and Pitfalls
Part 2 - What the Deuce is It?
Part 3 - How to UnProgram and Free Yourself
Part 4 -The Recipe Revealed
Part 5 - Why It Works!