Today I worked with some colleagues on a collaborative assignment during our PD session from Trash 4 Teachers. Our goal was to use 3 different energies to get a small plastic jar into a receptacle (small recycle bin).
So here is what I thought after we were given our “assignment” and then divided into groups (arbitrary assignment by numeral designation).
WILL I BE ABLE TO COME UP WITH IDEAS?
WILL I SEEM COMPETENT?
WILL THE TEAM VALIDATE MY IDEAS BY TRYING TO INCORPORATE THEM INTO OUR PROJECT?
WILL I BE OKAY WITH MY TEAMS IDEAS?
WILL I FEEL FOOLISH?
WILL I, WILL I, WILL I?
After a very successful excursion into a collaborative project that was so much fun and the result so awesome, I thought of my kinders and what we ask of them. One of my best learnings about teaching comes from my own discomfort when asked to do something new and unfamiliar. I come from the school of is it right? And believe me, my journey to feeling self confident and knowing that failure and mistakes leads to authentic internalized learning has not been easy.
After all the groups shared and reflected on their experiences, the consensus was it was so much fun participating in this collaborative work. We also thought about our students and what we ask of them, when we ask that they work together to create and implement an idea cooperatively and collaboratively. We shared our feelings and realized that there was room for thought. That’s what teachers do: reflect, implement, reflect. It is never done. And that’s a good thing.