There's learning, and then there's learning
Thursday, March 26, 2009
Today, I decided to try something new with my classes. I'm working toward independence with them - and for their final exam, they'll work on the mural while I watch and grade, without my usual supervision of them.
So today, we went to the wall. Each student selected what area/color they'd work on tiling. We then went to the storeroom, and they each grabbed the box of tile that THEY needed, plus a chair if they wanted to use one. A few students also took out the aprons, cloths, extra tools, etc.
It was SO much smoother than usual! I sometimes have to corral the kids to get things out of the storeroom. But today, everyone was responsible for getting what THEY needed - so they did!
At the end of the last class, we were out of cement (I planned it that way). So it was easy to get each student to clean up their area and take the buckets and tools downstairs to my room and begin washing everything out. A few students were assigned to put away chairs, extra equipment, etc. Again - smooth and easy for me!
I asked one little girl if she'd mind sweeping - she said her parents told her she sweeps wrong, and she looked quite embarrassed. (She said they told her she's stupid.) I said I didn't care if she swept the way I do, or swept the way she does, as long as we clean up some of our mess. I asked if she'd mind doing it - she smiled and very happily swept and cleaned up the entire area. (I ask you, HOW CAN YOU SWEEP WRONG?????? You either get the stuff swept into the dustpan, or you don't!!!)
My lesson today - let the students take responsibility. They can handle it.
Student's lesson today - you know what to do to achieve in this class. You can do it.
Sweeping girl's lesson - you really sweep just fine.