My students love Caine’s Arcade. I used the video as a method for launching Genius Hour and it’s the one thing that really got them hooked. They couldn’t believe that a kid their age could create something so cool and they loved that he is famous. You should have heard their squeals of delight when they noticed @cainesarcade was following us on Twitter :) very exciting! Anyway when I read about the Global Cardboard Challenge I knew this was something we would have to participate in.
True to grade 3B form my students ROCKED this challenge. It’s funny how when you give kids something creative, hands on and open ended there are zero behaviour issues, zero children feeling frustrated and deflated. You get pairings of kids working together that you would never imagine but authentic collaboration, and discussion happens. Even the next day when I had the students reflect on their experience in their journals not a single student groaned. They really had a blast with the previous day so writing about it was a non-issue.
When I reflect back on the day I feel really proud of them. When I first came across this activity I hesitated participating. School life is busy right now and sometimes I worry with all of the “initiatives” I have going on with my class am I going to fit curriculum in? But the answer is yes. These initiatives support curriculum and they open students minds up to it. They become sponges and willing participants in their learning because they are excited keen to find out what “Ms. L-Y” has planned next.
- Cardboard Challenge Playhouse (ciburbanity.com)
- Cardboard Challenge! (mselissa3.wordpress.com)
- Our Cardboard Collaboration Celebration (engagetheirminds.wordpress.com)
- Cardboard Challenge Coming to NoCo Mini Maker Faire! (makerfairenoco.com)