Reflection: Perseverance Improving Our Vanilla Plant Pollinators - Section 2: Engage!


After the children left yesterday, I took pictures of their pollinators.  I have 20 children in my class, so I should have had 10 pollinators but only counted 9.  I started thinking about whose pollinator was missing.  Then I reflected back on the testing activity.  I had one group of girls that tested their pollinator and it couldn't fit in all the way to the bottom of the model flower.  One of the girls was almost in tears as she tried her best to shove it to the bottom anyway.  She was bound and determined to get that thing in there.  We talked about how this was a trial run and she could work on making it better tomorrow, but it didn't seem to phase her.

At this point in my thoughts, I knew that her group's pollinator was the one that was missing.  She must have thrown it away out of disgust and embarrassment thinking that she had failed in her attempt.  This reality made me think about what I could do to make it clearer that these designs are trials and engineers keep on working until they have figured out the answer.  Each trial helps them learn about what works and what doesn't work.  

So I created this power point, to try to show the children that goofs and mistakes are what have created some of the very same products that we all enjoy and love.  Before I presented the power point to the children, I secretly told her that I created this just for her last night.  You should have seen her beaming when she realized that everyone goofs up and it is just part of the learning process! Her feelings were validated and she was ready for a new start.

  We Learn from Our Mistakes!
  Perseverance: We Learn from Our Mistakes!
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Improving Our Vanilla Plant Pollinators

Unit 3: Pollination and Seed Dispersal
Lesson 12 of 12

Objective: Using the results from testing, the SWBAT make improvements on a design to make it more effective and/or studier.

Big Idea: Engineers learn from their mistakes to make improvements on their designs to make them even better!

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