Last week the students were struggling a bit, while learning a lot about who they are and how to deal with each others' personalities. There were some groups who had challenges, and although everyone in the group would agree that they were growing and learning, there were times when it was tough. As a teacher I want to guide students and provide structure, while giving them room to develop, thrive, and cultivate their own ideas.
The students rotate groups about once a week. They weren’t supposed to change groups until Tuesday, but by Monday this group was chomping at the bit, so we changed groups early and what a difference it has made!
Yesterday the groups finished 10 minutes early during every hands on session. Some groups finished 30 minutes early and were helping other groups. The students are really happy and working as a team again, and they've learned a lot about how to work together in a group setting. Everyone is smiling today. This self knowledge is priceless in the work place. I feel very confident that this group is going to go out into the world and do great things!