The 3rd graders spent a good portion of their time Tuesday working on their proposals for solving the cafeteria problems. They finished up looking at their solutions from different perspectives, then did a PMI by highlighting positives and negatives. After that, they helped each other think of ways to overcome some of the negatives. All of that planning will hopefully pave the way for their awesome suggestions to give to Mrs. Jessop.
In addition to that hard work, they then worked on a collaborative math activity called “Tanglers” in which they had to practice their communication skills just as much as their math skills. Tanglers are puzzles in which each student is given some of the clues to the answer, but they can’t show each other their clues. They can talk about them, though – which requires good listening and analysis. Some of the clues are irrelevant, which makes the activity even more challenging. When first given the clues, they don’t even know the problem that they are trying to solve! They did a great job synergizing, however, and solved three puzzles fairly quickly.
The last activity of the day was to try out designing video games with the new PixelPress Floors app. This requires planning and meticulous drawing, and the students were a little frustrated when their first drawings scanned differently than they expected on the iPads. However, most of them are used to the Growth Mindset by now, and knew that it would just take practice to get better.