Sometimes, I wonder if I should stand in awe of my students’ ingenuity… or simply be annoyed at their way of getting around the rules!
1. I have to wonder when she found time to do this. During class, I’m guessing? Or where she got the tape. (We have a serious shortage in grade 3…)
2. Really, this is a great idea. And totally something I would do (though for some reason, making a pencil-shavings collector for my desk isn’t high on my list of things to create at the moment!) Use whatever’s handy, and make it into something useful, creative, crafty, and cool.
3. BUT… at the same time, students aren’t allowed to sharpen their pencils during class because:
a. they make a mess of the shavings, and
b. I don’t want kids up out of their seats or distracting anyone else.
Most of these reasons are taken care of by this unique new design. So... what to do from here? Do I have everyone make pencil shaving holders? Or just wait till someone else makes one, and then someone else… and pretty soon no one has a water bottle cap, but everyone is taking class time and tape to make their own personal pencil shaving holders? Or do I say it’s not ok – shut down the ingenuity – and avoid any potential problems that might come my way?
|My kids collecting data for our transportation unit outside HOPAC today.|
How many dala-dalas, bajajs, *lorries*, bicycles, and cars do you think
pass by here in a 5-minute time frame? Try over a hundred!
My kids are EXPERTS at K’Nex. Especially my class this year, who will all grow up to be super-duper-spacial-dimensional thinkers and designers of the Spaceship that will allow people to live outside the Solar System some day... Or who will make reliable electricity and internet for Tanzania sustainable... Or something else completely mind-boggling and awesome like that.
During personal best center time on Fridays (yes, Stocks friends, I actually brought it to the Land of Tanz!), my kids are always making some new creation, and every week they ask to save it till the next week to continue their creative process. Harmless, right?
|A few of the quick-creations my kids have made as of late...|
So, I’ll have to keep striving to find a happy medium. Like nixing keeping the K’Nex creations, but asking one of my budding architects to make a home-made 3-D scale model of the Israelite’s Tabernacle to share with the class instead. (Pictures to come next week, hopefully!!!) Or having them build their own cars out of Legos to race (for a day) at the end of our transportation unit this next week. We’ll see how all this goes!
Each day is a new adventure. Pray for wisdom in teaching as I keep plugging away and learning new things that work – and DON’T – in grade 3 every day!