Saturday, April 30, 2016

Week 30 -- Projects and the Value of Play

We often talk about the importance of play in the learning environment. This has been brought home to me especially clearly as my class works on their various long-term projects.
Throughout much of the fall and winter, the class worked on small-scope projects that I had crafted with specific learning goals in mind. This is all well and good, and certainly has a significant place in the our school.
However, the true motivational power of the student center classroom is only unlocked when the children start to explore projects that are born of their personal interests. As the teacher, I still have a major role in aiding the students to: clarify the scope, break down and manage the workflows, provide materials and emotional support.

We'll be showing a preview trailer for the movie at Monday morning meeting.

In this week's photo dump you see the fruits of the students labors:

We spent some time on Wednesday making zombie masks for the movie project.
Identifying and locating props has been a major task for the movie team. Managing
the frustration of paper-craft also turned into a teachable moment for some.
Chris Swinko gave us a bunch of peppermint (and other herbs) from the garden.
Jenna was excited to find out how our syrup project was going. So she came
 and watched Eli and Kaden making the first batch of peppermint syrup.

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