Here are some things that we have learned in only two days.
Having limited materials causes wonderful challenges. We didn't have enough cutting tools, scissors, or tape. Of course we can buy more but is that really the solution? Several students resorted to crying when the teacher wouldn't get them the materials that they wanted... but soon realized that part of a collaborative environment is that the teacher is no longer who you need to talk with but rather other groups who are using the materials. Learning how to share is an essential collaborative skill that we all need to develop.
Working with Partners
Some students immediately found others and started to brainstorm and create. Today many of them returned to finish what they were creating. It was beautiful to watch the collaboration and engagement of the groups.
The sound of cardboard cutting and imagination has just begun. Some students spent 10-15 minutes just sitting in their cardboard box. I'm not sure where they traveled while in their box but it looked like fun. I can't wait to see what the next teams will do!