Here is an update on the Duct Tape Challenge that has occurred in our Kindergarten classroom.
One discovery I had was the students struggled to go from their plans to their actual 3 D creations. Many students
created 2D objects that reflected their plans. I redid the activity without the planning page and added some instruction
on how to make a few objects and their creations changed to 3D. Here are some collages that outline our Duct Tape Challenge days.
I wish I could show you the pride in these students’ faces as they marched around the room with their
duct tape barrette.
It was a learning opportunity for both myself and the students. I was able to learn more about them as problem solvers and planners. I understand my next steps are to work more with three dimensional materials and to demonstrate and provide more opportunities for planning and creating in the classroom. This project also reconfirmed my beliefs that we do not have to have students follow someone else’s procedure to create art work. Students need the opportunities for trial and error. We don’t need 30 items that all look the same. Teachers need to provide open ended activities and materials that enable children to plan and problem solve.
I’ve also outlined this project for parents at my class blog mrsharrisonK.wordpress.com
What do you do to help students with three dimensional creations?