This spring, I have had the pleasure of mentoring Cassie Wiegand as she takes the lead teaching role with this awesome group of kids. This slightly removed perspective has allowed me to be much more aware of the student interactions happening within each collaborative animal group. It has been so much fun to watch the kids navigate this challenging work so competently, able to solve problems that come up with confidence and patience. They really have learned that mistakes are okay to make and they accept the mistakes that are made (by themselves and their peers) as an important part of the learning process. Every one of them has had a positive attitude and has eagerly contributed to the work of their group in the way that they best can.
During this first week of our Animals project, every one of our animal groups has exceeded our expectations for work completion and will begin publishing their books this coming week! Groups will also be collaboratively creating a life-sized painting of their animal!