Thursday, November 7, 2013

Collaboration: An eye-opening experience

In a previous post I had talked about Kingdom Rush and how I could use something like that in my own future classroom.  Something that I had failed to mention at that time was the failure I was experiencing while trying to play the game.  I would get stuck and would have to keep trying over and
over again.  I was past the point of frustration but was trying to keep a positive outlook on the activity.  Fortunately this week my teacher assigned us to work collaboratively with a partner to help each other out to avoid such frustration.

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I've never really experienced frustration because fortunately things tend to come naturally to me.  However, that was not the case with this game.  I started to think about the students I tutor and that this is probably how they feel when they are in the classroom.  My own failure caused me to open my eyes and realize that this is what my students must feel like.
 It then caused me to reflect on my own practices and efforts to help students foster a positive environment.  What do I do to help students through their failures to learn from their mistakes?  Do I brush off their frustration because I can't empathize? etc.   It almost hurt thinking about my inability to connect with struggling students because I myself had never been one.  So even though I wasn't a fan of the game, I am a fan of how it helped me grow as a reflecting practitioner.

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