Reflection: Perseverance Build a Paper Tower Challenge (Part 3) Building and Measuring Our Towers - Section 3: Building Our Towers


Perseverance is something that can be difficult to teach.  It's something that we are able to do without even having to think about it.    I think it is an attribute that is inherent in most teachers to even be in this position.  But if we want to teach our children how to not give up and keep on going,  you really start thinking about what it takes to persevere.  Being flexible in your thinking and in your actions is high on the list.

The task at hand, building a strong and stable tower, can be a bit challenging for some children.  Sometimes things just do not work out as they had planned and they need to go with "plan B".  They need to learn to stay with the task, while being willing to be flexible when needed.   But some children have difficulty with this.  Some think that because they are not able to create their original concept that they cannot go on and have failed.   I don't want the children to feel like they have to stay aboard a sinking ship to meet the original expectation.  So I try to teach them that it's OK to go with "plan B"-- its possible to stay afloat and persevere through a difficult task by using alternate ideas.   

Personally I am a very creative person.  I usually have a plan of what I am going to make and very seldom does the final product turn out how I thought it was going to at the beginning.  Usually it turns out much better than my original vision.  I think part of creativity, is being able to be flexible enough to change your original ideas to make them fit the task at hand.  This attribute will also lead to perseverance, as well.

  Flexibility is Crucial!
  Perseverance: Flexibility is Crucial!
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Build a Paper Tower Challenge (Part 3) Building and Measuring Our Towers

Unit 5: Building Towers and the Engineering Design Process
Lesson 13 of 16

Objective: SWBAT build a tower following their plan and then measure and weigh the tower.

Big Idea: We can build a tower from plans that we have developed. Once built, we can measure the structure to see if it meets the specifications.

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