Rethinking Student Spaces Part I
Passing out dry-erase markers to students and telling them to go for it got me some strange looks last week. “Where are we supposed to write?” one student asked with a puzzled expression. “How ’bout the floor?” I said. I got a flurry of responses, including:
- “Won’t we get in trouble? Won’t you get in trouble?”
- “Are you sure you’re allowed? You’re sure?”
- “We’re seriously going to write on the floor?
- “You’re gonna get in trouble.”
After convincing the kids that no, I was not going to get fired and no, they were not going to be “in trouble,” they were all for it. Each kid grabbed a marker and their only objective was to create a greeting on the floor that we could share with the world through #ccGlobal. What I saw next was some amazing collaboration and planning, as students decided who was going to draw what letters in what colors as well as who was drawing what pictures. When we were done, it was great for the students to step back and admire their work, as they had never created a greeting card on the floor before.
We also did a holiday brainstorm for a Wordle on one of our desks, where the students had to write whatever words they thought went under the category “holidays.” I watched as each student took a portion of the desk and started writing. The best moment from this came when I asked one of my most reluctant writers, “Who wants to write on the desk?” His hand shot right up as he yelled, “I do.”
A huge thank you to Michael Thornton, Erica Payne, and Ira Socol for bringing this engaging activity to Walton kids!