Category Archives: Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
I am in Mobile right now at a leadership conference-250 miles from home. And what do I do almost as soon as I get to my room? Well, after potty and putting out stuff for in the morning! I am checking email and blogging. TRUE. ADDICTION.
Anyway, earlier this morning I posted a youtube video link to a video about students wanting change in education since everything else has changed over the last 90 or so years. It was way cool-check it out if you didn’t get a chance to see it. So I’m driving down the interstate thinking (as usual) and made a decision. For the 1st day of school this year I am going to have my desks set up in traditional rows (which I don’t like-it’s for some people but not for me). 🙂 After we get situated and all I am going to show my kids the video and let them discuss it. THEN…. I am going to put them in groups and have them brainstorm how we might learn differently with a different arrangement in the room. THEN…. I’m going to have them problem solve and come up with a new type of arrangement to support the learning that we want to do this year. What do ya think???? Of course, we still live in a democratic society so the majority rules. 🙂 I also have 2 classes of kids, so we will be able to learn how to compromise. I am so excited about this-giving them a say while at the same time setting the climate for our classroom, using critical thinking skills and collaborating, and problem solving! I can’t wait! 🙂
SIDENOTE: I had my 6th graders do this a couple of times last year (homeroom class) when I just HAD to rearrange-they loved it and it really got them thinking. DRAWBACK: my 2nd class was upset that they didn’t get to do it-boy student said, “Mrs. Shannon, your homeroom class always gets to have fun!” LOL! 🙂