This week, I got the kiddos to do a little bit of my job for me! Since the beginning of the school year, we’ve been writing in reflection journals. During this arc, we tried to focus our journalling on our expression project work. In order to understand why we did this, one day we visited an upper school band to see how they reflect. One thing the Blue Band does as a part of their reflection practice is write blog posts. This blew the Orange Banders’ minds! I realized that they had never seen the blog I write, so I took a few minutes to show them the Orange Band blog, and almost immediately kiddos asked me if they could write a blog post for the band. Answer: YES.
What you’ll read below is each kiddo’s journal entry from last week, plus a picture they chose to reflect the journal entry and a caption the kiddo and I wrote together to describe the picture, and connect it to their reflection journal entry.
I don’t feel like I have any trouble with compromising because I like participating with the group. But it’s hard to compromise when I’m supposed to write.
I like compromising because it is a win-win situation, like when me and a friend are arguing. We often needed to compromise when people were begging for turns to plant in our planter boxes, or go on the swing, or use the chopsaw!
It’s hard for me to stay with the group when people are arguing. I can use my headphones or work in a different space. When people are shouting, I need to work in a different space. Sometimes, I leave the group in order to work in a different space where I can focus.
I’m working on listening. It was hard for me to listen when we were working on the plant play when I was hungry. In order to listen better I need to eat more snack during snack time. Sometimes I miss some of snack time because I am playing on my computer or reading or playing on the cork floor or hiding in the closet.
I am working on compromising because people only want their way and don’t listen to me. When we were working on our play costumes, when I asked people, “how can I help?” sometimes they said, “I don’t need help.”
It was hard when we were working on our planter boxes. It was hard to focus when we were putting on the plexi-glass. Putting in the screws was hard because sometimes the plexi-glass cracked when the screws went in. Working with a partner helps me get more done when I’m working in the shop.
Sometimes when I’m not focused, I need to take a lap on the cork floor. Sometimes, I felt really silly when we were working on our planter boxes in the workshop.
Thank you for reading our blog post!
Emilio, Gita, Isaac, Oscar, Piper, Ramses, Sadie and Tesla