Wow! Watching my students collaborate to create their prototypes today was so exciting! I observed cooperation, positive words, laughter, smiles, sharing of more than supplies, helping each other, focus, brain-storming, and leadership from even the most quiet kids! Very few asked for help and those who did need assistance just needed help finding supplies they couldn't locate. I believe the set up of my classroom and simple, yet specific expectations were helpful. I plan to better label some of my supply drawers with pictures (I already have them labeled with words) to make the room more visual and accessible. I also think the energizer I did at the beginning of the class helped get the kids moving! This rotation has only one boy. I put him in the middle and the girls and I stood in a circle around him. I told him it was his lucky day because he was surrounded by beautiful women! He loved it and everyone had a nice chuckle. It certainly wasn't anything I planned, but it was fun and got everyone moving!
University of Florida, graduate student.