To reinforce the Growth Mindset, I asked the 4th graders to try to solve the following challenge: using only scissors, make a hole in a 3×5 index card that you could fit your head through. It was fortunate that we had many index cards because there were lots of failed efforts! No one quite solved it, but a few students got close. The best part of the activity was that no one gave up, and everyone had a positive attitude. If you are intrigued by this challenge, you will need to ask your child for the solution 🙂
When the students came back to our room from Specials, I had hung their mistakes from the ceiling. These “failures” make our room colorful and fun – and remind us that it’s okay to make mistakes. Sometimes, we can even turn our mistakes into something new and creative! I showed them the book, Beautiful Oops, to give some more examples of mistakes turned into art.
Speaking of creativity, the students also began work on their cardboard challenge creations. They were very excited, and made a beautiful mess of the classroom. I’ve stopped asking students what they are trying to make because it’s easier to just watch their visions take form. My main job is helping them to cut something out as they work.
Just like the 3rd graders, the 4th graders mind-mapped their passions and heartbreaks. They had quite a few in common with 3rd grade, and it looks like many will agree on the charity that we finally decide on to receive the proceeds from the Cardboard Challenge.