Yesterday I we did the Marshmallow Project. I use this project to foster team work and cooperation. It also is a good tool to tell me how they will manage science experiments in the near future. I did not have much hope for this group because they have such a hard time following directions and they are so social. There are many in this class that are immature for their age and that doesn't help.
The rules for the Marshmallow Project are simple. Use your tooth picks and mini-marshmallows to build a structure. No talking at all.
They worked in small groups of four.
They had about eight minutes to complete the structure. They would have had 15 minutes but they wasted a lot of time while I was passing out materials and trying to get them organized.
Like I said, I did not think they could handle a project like this. I knew someone would talk. But no one did.
This girl started laughing so hard that I did have to ask her to sit in the hall. She is my giggler!
They surprised me. They really surprised me! They were 100% silent and I saw teamwork I could not imagine coming from this group. I saw kids working together and cooperating that can bare stand sitting next to each other.
They were proud of themselves and their work. I praised them to the moon and back.
It was a wonderful ending to a really difficult week. I like that...