Day 149 (of 188) exploring and planning
Today I got an interesting text from my grade 9 daughter: I have something for you to blog about!
Now, having just been to her schools parent night and hearing some very flattering compliments made about her (strong academic, good athlete, musical etc) – she makes teachers feel good. But she’s learned from her dad and is willing to tease her teachers about whether or not they use rubrics, %s and how letter grades are figured out. (I still have a bet for her to call her principal by his first name, and yes he knows about it – we have a goal for her to be more confident speaking in public) so I expected her to have something about an assignment or something someone did…
but she had something to show me.
She has been working in her design & tech class on a car. Lots of work on the design stage reworking plans and trying to figure out how it would look…..coincidently I was sharing the same part of the story with my G5 class as we started plotting and planning some Rube Goldberg machines; emphasizing that the planning was as much if. It more important than the actual building – as we saw some machines take over 50 attempts to work; and I k one my daughter had been doing a lot of replanning and testing.
And she wanted to show me: her blender plans for her car. She wasn’t making a car out of wood (as I once did) or even foam – that was just her testing – but preparing for a rendering from a 3D printer!
Very cool to see what following you’re passions can lead to – especially when she works on developing rigor in ‘the right way’ – self directed but with guidance (collaboratively personalizing learning) and willing to make mistakes to get better and better!