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.
The other bands had a caulk gun and we had to wait, so we compromised made our own out of a clamp and a caulk container. After we waited, we got the caulk gun. In this picture, I am using the caulk gun on the planter because it was leaking.
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!
In this picture, we are cutting the potatoes to put in our planter boxes. We had to take turns cutting because we just had one knife and cutting board. Because we compromised, everyone got a turn who wanted one.
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.
In this photo, I’m working on the planter boxes. I’m putting in the plexi-glass.
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.
In this picture, the Orange Band is working on the plant play. The cloth was for the setting. I am just watching my bandmates attach the cloth to the stage for the plant play. Instead of just watching, I can ask, “How can I help?”
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.”
In this picture, I’m helping Tesla sew her wings. It was fun because once when we were switching jobs on the sewing machine, Tesla decided she wanted to change right back to her original job! It was fun because I liked steering, and she liked using the pedal.
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.
Gita helped me put in the screws for the plexi-glass. I chose this picture because it shows a time when working on the planter boxes in the shop was better with a partner.
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.
Piper and I are talking about how I need to use a finish washer so the plexi-glass won’t break when we install it onto the planter box using screws.
Thank you for reading our blog post!
Emilio, Gita, Isaac, Oscar, Piper, Ramses, Sadie and Tesla