Monday, June 6, 2011

Why I Give Kids Choices of What to Do

This week the kids could make door hangers with their names on them. We had lots of stickers to use.

Some searched for letters to spell their names.


One used stickers to create the letters of her name.


One spelled her name on one side...


...and added another message on the back.

UW MAY NOT KUM IN
One chose not to spell his name. He decided to work on another message on his door hanger.


If I had insisted that he spell his name, I would never have seen this.

STOP BEWARE OF MOM
That's why I let kids choose what to do and how to use the materials.
(And I could still teach while he did it.)

5 comments:

  1. These are precious Scott!
    Donna :) :)

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  2. Too cute! I especially like "Stop Beware Of Mom"! Sometimes we forget how when WE make choices, we are actually setting limits. Thanks for the reminder! :)

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  3. What a great learning opportunity Scott! Letting children use their imaginations is always more powerful than anything we could have planned!
    Keep up the good work!

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  4. I love that. There is absolutely no point in making all the children do their projects the same. Then you end up with 20 door hangers all looking the same, and the outcome becomes what the teacher wanted. The child has no value in it when it is the teachers idea. I love the fact that you allowed them to choose what they wanted, and in return you got to see their creations, their ideas, and their own personal thoughts! I love it. Thanks for sharing!

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