September 15:

I think I forgot to write last night. I guess I could check. Yep. I did. This 30 day challenge is hard. I originally planned to write at the end of my school day as reflection time. Then coaching and activities started and the end of my day became 5:00 instead of 3:00 almost every day. Either I’m coaching or one of the kids has an activity or sometimes both. It’s busy, but I’m so glad my kids have these opportunities.

We’ve finished building shelters in DT 2 and they came out pretty fantastic. I think there were only two maybe three groups that did not complete construction. At least one said they would come at lunch tomorrow to finish, but we’ll see. That’s tough for a kid to give up lunch, especially when they call it recess. 😁

Completed constructions

One group decided they were too frustrated and decided to just call it quits. After some discussion we decided it was ok as long as they reflected on what went wrong and why they were not able to complete the construction. I don’t want to call it a failure or incomplete, because if learning is really about the process, then I have to think the final product is not the most important part. We had a good conversation about why they struggled. I’ll have to keep an eye on them moving foryand make sure that they feel some success in the next project so that they don’t get the idea that incomplete is always ok. It was almost obvious that they were trying and just could not get their ideas to work. Every kid is different, learns in their own way and has their own strengths and weaknesses.

One more day in the week and we get to start new projects in all my classes now. I’m excited to see what it brings.

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