Speaking of working of their own, yesterday my CP 12 courses had a class discussion on the first half of the Hobbit all on their own. They submitted questions via todaysmeet.com (a chat which remained open the entire session) while also responding out loud. Not everyone jumped in, but those that did led an open and authentic conversation without following my pre-canned questions as had been done in the past. While the later classes struggled a bit more, the morning groups carried out some of the best discussions I've seen yet. What was clear is that it really all depends on the group dynamic. In each class, I did the same thing, and for some it was very successful but others just sat awkwardly while only two or three people spoke. Perhaps they require more structure, perhaps they didn't read, or perhaps that group just doesn't feel comfortable all together just yet. It's something to consider for next time.
With that, the long anticipated Homecoming week is now over. With the game tonight, and the dance tomorrow (both events which will arguably take care of themselves) it has been a massively successful week. Let's hope this was just the start of an annual Homecoming revival.