Though lining up in birthday order may seem like a fairly straightforward assignment, with twenty-six third graders and no adult intervention, it becomes quite the challenge. A host of emotions surface as company members attempt to collaborate to achieve their common goal. With limited time, minimal direction and students tuning in and out of the task at any given moment, success feels unattainable.
But . . . the company will return for a second attempt. By writing and sharing genuine thoughts and feelings immediately following the experience, students gain insight into the hard work of collaboration. They ask themselves, “Did I do my part?” The next time . . . they will begin with a new perspective and lessons learned.
The next time . . . they will begin with a new perspective and lessons learned.