This term we are focusing on the Habits of Mind of ‘Creating, Imagining and Innovating’ and ‘Striving for Accuracy’.
Creating, Imagining and Innovating
Being creative is all about having new ideas or new ways to approach a problem. When we are creative we nearly always have to try something several times before it works the way we want. Each time we have a go and then fix the bit that is not working we are using the problem solving method of trial and error.
We put our creative thinking to work when we had a go at the following challenge…
Can you make a model of a house (with four walls and a roof), using just one piece of A4 paper and NO scissors, sticky tape or glue?!
Some of us thought this challenge was impossible!
We worked with a partner to find a solution to the problem, trying out different ways to fold and tear our paper.
I’m sure you will agree that we came up with some great ideas!
Following on from this task we thought about the different language we use when faced with a challenge.
Are we showing a ‘can do attitude’ or are we giving up before we have even started?
Instead of saying, “This is too hard!” we can say, “I don’t have the right answer yet, but I will keep trying!”
The most important thing is that we do our best and never give up!
Striving for Accuracy
When we ‘strive for accuracy’ we take the time to check our work, making sure we are doing what is asked of us and continually try to improve our work to make it as perfect as possible.
We put this Habit of Mind into practise when we were asked to choose an item from around the classroom to draw as accurately as possible.
We would need to look very closely at the lines and shapes so that we could draw exactly what we see and create the very best drawing we can!
There are some VERY talented artists in Year 2 Gold who blew us away with their detailed and accurate drawings!
We can use the Habit of Mind to help us be the very best we can in all areas of learning. Instead of rushing to just ‘get it done’, we can take our time, constantly thinking about ways to improve our work and reach our full potential!