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Here’s a little secret about this project that proves something we follow as a golden rule: The more creatively you teach a lesson, the more engaged & creative your students will be with the project. We start with white crayons, drawing designs all over the paper, then we paint over it with a wash of watercolors bringing the lines to life. Easy enough, right?The first time we ran through this project 3 years ago, it fell flat. “Oh, wax & water? Cool… kind of…”
Then we tried again in low whispers. “Guys- we are secret agents in here. And each of us has a secret agent partner. It’s our mission to draw a SECRET MESSAGE for our secret agent partners to discover. Only use your spy pen to draw your message- and make sure it’s bound to make your partner smile, they’ll be taking it home with them & will think of you every time they see it.”
We also tossed in: “High five the secret agent partner next to you & give each other spy names to use for the rest of class.”
“Who can make the most encouraging design?”
To disputes: “We’re all a team in here- if we’re spending our time arguing, how are we going to solve the mystery? Let’s go, super spies.”
And wha-la! Wonder ensues.
Collaboration between classmates, pride in work made together, problem solving in sharing, intense focus on designing & discovering. Creativity.
And now we use this as an example with our teams. If your students aren’t engaged, try again. Try a new twist, a new voice, get creative so that they can get creative.
And you’ll have the most innovative secret agents ever to fill an Elementary School cafeteria.
Love Naively. Give Generously. Be Foolishly Compassionate.