Reflection: Student Ownership Productive Paper A Pressing Matter - Section 4: Wrap Up


Egocentrism has a place in the Kindergarten classroom. While it's very hard for a teacher to 'let go', there is tremendous value in releasing the ownership of the process and product to the students so they can learn it on their own terms. When we do this, they can feel free to explore their ideas about the material without struggling with our expectations of what it's 'supposed' to look like.

I'd be the first person to admit that this product didn't come out at all like I expected. The paper wasn't nice and smooth like the classroom product (not even close!). In fact to my eyes the beginning was not measurably different from the end product. At that point, I realized that I needed to step back and remember I wasn't the learner, they were. The great thing about this age is that they didn't care how bumpy it was.  They had a great time exploring the process and observing the result. The concept was learned and the students were engaged.  Next time, they may do it differently and look for a different result. That's what Science is all about. And they discovered that on their own.

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Productive Paper A Pressing Matter

Unit 12: Productive Paper
Lesson 3 of 5

Objective: Students will compare different ways to create a smoother form of paper.

Big Idea: Can a paper’s form change?

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Science, Science Skills, ELL, Paper
  30 minutes
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