I went into a class the other day and the kids showed me a flyer (the image to the left). I was curious about it so I asked if I could read it. I was hooked by the first two lines…. Houston, we have a problem! We attempted our project once, but we are learning from our mistakes. We will be trying to build a house out of newspaper for our group of 4 friends to fit in. We are only able to use newspapers and tape. We are asking for newspaper and tape to help gather enough material for our next attempt. Ask your child about the 1st attempt and failure!
I think you need to read those first two lines again…..
Houston, we have a problem! We attempted our project once, but we are learning from our mistakes.
In implementing a Genius Hour project for the third grade students, the teachers acknowledged that they failed and had to abort mission. They are reaching out to the parents for more supplies, and more importantly they encouraged the parents to ask their child about the first attempt and failure. Wow, just Wow!
There are so many positive aspects to this simple little flyer. The lessons that the kids are learning (and being modeled by the teachers) is exactly what we need to see in education. Acknowledge when something didn’t work, and plan to do it better! It is perfectly OK to FAIL!!!!!!!!!!!!!
In the meantime, if you could send us newspapers and tape, the 3rd grade would appreciate it 🙂
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