I realized today my class is currently working on three iPad projects. Although this is not unusual for my class, it is unusual for the 6th week of school. My kids are currently typing a formal writing in Strip Designer, Working on a 9 page Book Creator summative project on Native Americans, and completing a “Somebody, Wanted, But, So” project illustrating an image on an app of their choice and importing it to ChatterPixKids.
The amount of projects at once could be overwhelming for an adult, much less a kid. My students at the age of nine are handling this workload just fine. In fact, because of the choices and tools I am allowing them to make, they are motivated and excited to show what they know and have accomplished.
Rainy days can really overwhelm teachers when they are stuck indoors with 30 kids, but today was different. When giving my kids options on what they could do for their twenty minute break multiple students raised their hands and asked if they could work on their projects. WHAT??? A nine year old wanting to research about Plain Native Americans instead of playing Disney Princess Monopoly. Is this reality?
When a teachers set high expectations and allows students to create projects in a way that highlights their strengths, they are way more apt to be invested and willing to work. Even if this work takes place of their recess.