Celebrate with Ruth Ayres @ ruth ayres writes …. because, we need to celebrate moments in our lives every chance we get!
Today, I just want to celebrate my students: their willingness to try new avenues of inquiry, their curiosity about the world they live in, their can do spirit – when given the freedom to spread their wings and fly. Every year, as part of our unit on the early history of America, we embark on the “D.C. Project” – http://zunal.com/webquest.php?w=175656. Although I guide my kids through the research process, the final product, the way they choose to show what they have learned, is left entirely up to them. My kids don’t necessarily regard this freedom as a blessing at first, they would rather be told exactly what to do: how many paragraphs, how many pictures, and (above all) the format.
But, this is where I hold firm. No, I tell them, this part is entirely up to you. Figure it out. Dream it up. Surprise me..and you will also surprise yourself.
And this is what my kiddos walked into our classroom with on Friday:
No two projects looked anything alike. Our gallery walk was a time of “Wow!” and “Cool!” and “Awesome!”…also of “How did you do that?!” and “What made you think of this?”
At the end of our sharing time, I thanked them…and I (I’m embarrassed to say) cried. I told them how proud I was to be their teacher, and how their spirit of “can do, will find a way to do” inspires me to be a better teacher. We are linked, really, in that way.
I celebrate my students!