Wednesday, September 14, 2016
Float Your Boat
Last Friday, our class completed a teamwork challenge called "Float Your Boat." The goal of the activity was to work together effectively with a team to build a boat that floats from the materials provided. The materials were: 4 sheets of tin foil, 4 straws, 4 tongue depressors, 2 paper clips, 1 balloon, and 2 disco lengths of masking tape.
This project is designed to help students define the word success. In the end, the definition students came up with was a great one. SUCCESS MEANS ACHIEVING YOUR GOALS. Many students had previously thought success had much more to do with winning. It was cool for the kids to realize that no one team was any more successful than another if each one accomplished the goal.
See our SUCCESS:
- Mrs. Maxwell's Fifth Grade Class
- I live in Cape Elizabeth with my husband, two daughters, and our cat Nessie. Our family loves to spend time outdoors together, camping, hiking, and gardening. Another past time of mine is triathlons. I have completed nine triathlons, including one Half Ironman. I loved swimming, biking, and running 70.3 miles! You might also find me cozied up with a good book in my free time. I have been teaching for 10 years in a variety of grade levels. Fifth grade is my favorite! The kids are capable of so much! I can't say I have a favorite subject to teach, but love getting students to think deeply. I enjoy getting kids to think critically and be creative in all subject areas. I often use simulations and project based learning to do this. Teambuilding and working on social skills in another major goal of mine. Teaching kids to work effectively together and use good communication skills will help prepare them for life after school.