I am calling this photo “Lili’s Schedule” and this is what happens when you listen to the children around you, when you encourage them to solve the problems they identify, and when they believe you when you say you believe in them and their abilities.
You may be wondering what this is. Short story, a schedule system for handling the dog in Lili’s class that she created. Long story, a student identifying an inequity and being encouraged and empowered to create a solution.
So Lili came to me, I think it was a couple of weeks ago now? She was concerned that not everyone in her class who wanted to be responsible for the dog in the class was getting a fair chance and, that those who were getting chances, were getting an uneven amount of chances. Basically, when left to random selection, Lili had noticed that some students were getting left out and, not only did she care about that, she wanted to try and fix it. As usual, Lili had not only brought a concern to me, she had given some thought to a solution. Truly a girl after my own heart as I feel, if you identify a problem, you become responsible to play a part in solutions!
So we chatted a bit about what she had in mind and I said give it a try! This schedule is what she has developed as she worked her system. This is what she keeps on her desk- a list of the names of who wants to help with the dog in the run of a day, a check system for keeping track of when someone has had a turn, and a larger paper that can be written on, wiped off, and changed, to help her (and everyone else) easily keep track of who is on that particular day.
I am constantly inspired at what my students notice, identify as concerns, and the new learning opportunities they find as a result. Often society gets a little jaded about the “new generation”. The new generation we are producing at Prince Street School and in the Puppy Project Program are going to be the best of the best!! So, fret not, world!!!