Thursday, 14 August 2014

Week 4, Term 3

Hi Whanau!

This week we have welcomed Isabelle and her family to LC1.  

The Rocket Blasters

The Rocket Blasters conducted their second experiment on air pressure.  This time we experimented with a balloon in a bottle!

Please try it at home!  No matter how hard we tried we could not blow up the balloon inside the bottle! That was because the air pressure in the bottle was greater than the air pressure we were blowing in and it was trapped inside.  We then put a straw in our bottle and found we could blow up the balloon a lot more! That was because the air in the bottle could get out.  Check out our photos!

The Learning Pit

“If parents want to give their children a gift, the best thing they can do is to teach their children to love challenges, be intrigued by mistakes, enjoy effort, and keep on learning. That way, their children don’t have to be slaves of praise. They will have a lifelong way to build and repair their own confidence.” 
― Carol S. Dweck

This week we continued our work on supporting our group and team to complete jobs that need doing.  We set the teams a task; to build the tallest tower only using 5 sheets of newspaper and no glue or tape.  Many of our children very quickly went to a place of confusion. frustration and despair! This is called 'The Learning Pit'. - a vitally important phase of learning when we push ourselves out of our comfort zone and take risks with our thinking.  We hadn't really anticipated that this would happen! We took the opportunity to talk to the children about 'The Learning Pit'.  We were amazed by their reflections after the experience.  

Andre - "Zachariah pulled me out of the pit and I pulled him out!"

Layla - "At first we were all in the pit, but then we worked together and we managed to climb out."

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Ros MacEachern said...

This is awesome - Freya has been talking about the learning pit at home, and I have been making a conscious effort to talk about challenges and effort rather than results...great to see you using Dweck's growth mindset with the students at such a young age - hopefully they will never be a generation to say "I can't..." or "I'm hopeless at..."!

And welcome to Isabella.

Martin Partridge said...

Yeah - We have had lots of chats about the learning pit at home. It's really cool that the kids have an understanding of what the learning pit is and how, as part of the process of learning, we get to a point where we might not understand the problem we are faced with. But if we try really hard we get out of the learning pit.

Antos talked us through the balloon experiment too. And was very confident in explaining to us the reason why the balloon wouldn't blow up very much without the straw.