Friday, November 20, 2015

Week 11 -- The Importance of Being Bad: Because It's the Only Way You Can Get Good

This week has been project heavy. In science the kids have been working on assembling their skeleton models. In homeroom, we spent the first half of the week working furiously to finish writing and editing material for the Identity books, so that we could begin final assembly of the books on Thursday. As frequently happens the first time through a project, things are taking a little longer than we expected and the books might not be done before Thanksgiving as I had hoped.

Monica came to show us how to start our books and sew in extra pages.
There was a lot of frustration around the book-making process. It turns out that punching holes and sewing stitches in a prescribed way is pretty difficult. We had a great class discussion Thursday afternoon and into Friday morning about dealing with frustration and not expecting everything to work perfectly the first time. Basically, to get good at something, you're going to have to be bad at it for a while. Learning from the initial failures is a key aspect of developing skills. 

These situations can be especially difficult for some children and corresponding growth message hard to hear.  Especially for children who are used to many activities coming very naturally or who are used to working on projects that allow more latitude in their execution. It is important, and necessary, for children, especially at this age, to develop resilience and perseverance when encountering unfamiliar and difficult tasks.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Week 10 -- HeArts and Minds (and Lungs and Music)

Between preparing for Friday night's performances; a field trip to the Village Theater in Canton to see an art exhibit from last week's guest artist, and SK-alum parent, Leslie Sobel; continuing to work on proof-reading and editing works for our Identity books; and Friday science class with, fresh from the butcher, hearts and lungs to investigate, this week has completely flown by.

In the linked video Christopher and Owen do a peer edit. Below some pics from the week:

Leslie Sobel leads a tour of her artwork at the Village Theater in Canton. 
Lisa shows the class how to build a simple model of the lungs.

Friday, November 6, 2015

Week 9 -- Please Wait, I Have to Find a Pelvis for Someone

Peer Editing Documents for the Identity Projects

There was no Checkout this week, so don't worry if your child didn't bring home their Weekly Reflection, we didn't do one!

Well, why not? What have you been doing? 

The work on our Identity Book project has moved from the writing to editing stage. We've been doing reciprocal peer reviews and having conversations about the point of editing, specifically with an eye towards writing with a specific audience in mind. (We had a really funny discussion about the language you'd use for arranging a play date with a friend, versus asking your boss for a meeting. We pretty much agreed that "Yo d00d, wanna get 2gether for sum gamz," is alright for friends. But, "Can haz meetz," probably wasn't a good choice for an email to the boss."

In science class, we (mostly) finished assembling our skeleton's and digestive system paper models. These will eventually be put on display once we've finished adding in the other body systems.