To further our Author Expert research, we enlisted the help of the Cooper School 5th Graders on Tuesday. They helped the First Graders seek out facts about their authors on the Internet, using the 5th Grade iPads. Being experienced researchers, the older students were able to choose reliable and appropriate sites for the First Graders, who were able to complete a lot of research in a very short time. Thanks, 5th Grade!
This week in Movement, First Graders were introduced to Kick Ball for the first time. Some students had a background knowledge of baseball, and others were starting from zero. Despite a lack of prior experience or knowledge, all students were able to have a great time kicking the ball, running the bases, and fielding. Having an encouraging all-time pitcher / color commentator / occasional slapstick comedian like Mr. Noah helped keep the game interesting and funny.
Design thinking is a way to apply design methodologies to any of life’s situations, usually following a step-by-step process: Empathize, Define, Ideate, Prototype, Test. First Graders at The Cooper School are getting their first taste of design thinking this week as they try to make the backyard a better place to play. Over the course of the week, they completed the first two steps of the design thinking process. They first empathized with their clients (other students and teachers) by asking them questions about playing in the backyard. What works? What doesn’t? What are your favorite and least favorite things about our backyard toys? Armed with data from the community, First Graders then defined a point of view that the community holds about the backyard. Next week: brainstorming solutions, prototyping with the tinkering cart, and testing!