There seems to be a theme in my 5th grade class….(I’m not sure if I should take it personally, or just be really impressed that my kiddos are so creative….).
Today was a day full of lots of things: learning, noise, fun, business, reading, noise, creating, collaborating, noise. But luckily most of it was not just what I call “noise noise.” Much of the noise we made today was “learning noise.” Noise that indicates lots of thinking and creating and sharing is happening. And yes, it was loud. But sometimes that’s just how we roll. Especially when there are 25 of us in the room all talking at once!
So back to the theme I mentioned….we had to stop at one point today and regroup a little bit. Writer’s Workshop was a wee bit rocky, and so rather than fight against the trouble we were having, we stopped, gathered together and agreed to try that lesson again another day.
Instead, I had them help me with a problem. I told them that I need their help to figure out how I could help them best be learners during our last few days of 5th grade. We have work left to do, and we want to try to have a little bit of fun, too. They had some great thinking, which culminated in the idea that parts of our classroom (or how they were using it) were not really working for us. We agreed that we could work together to fix that problem and create a space that we could do some amazing end-of-the-year work in for a few more weeks.
We started with every kiddo creating their own dream plan of what our classroom would look like. Then kiddos met in their tribes, presenting their plan to the 4-5 kiddos in their group. From their, the tribes created a new plan incorporating the best features from each individual plan. Then we shared out as a class, and voted on the one we thought would work best for us.
Here’s what is sounded like during that time. Remember, it’s loud, but it’s not. just. noise. They are busy solving problems!
Can’t wait to share the final product next week! Seems like another theme this week is that I forget to take “after” pictures! Stay tuned!