Team Building Puzzle Races
This week we really focused on center
expectations and procedures. We talked about what worked in centers and what
didn't. We wrote essential agreements for our Math and Reading centers and
practiced rotating in centers with their groups. I asked the kids to work with
their center groups to put a puzzle together but they had to do it WITHOUT
They did fantastic and didn't talk
the whole time. I had 1 group finish in 9 minutes and the other groups were
close behind. I then asked them to break the puzzle apart and do it again but
this time they COULD talk.
What I thought was interesting is
that it took them 12 minutes to complete the puzzle this time!!!! We discussed
why we thought it took longer WITH talking and what they did instead of talking
during the first round. Here are some of their responses:
"I felt like I could focus better
when it was quiet."
"I used my hands to show the other
person where to put the puzzle piece instead of telling them."
"It was more peaceful when we didnt
:) Happy Teacher Moment!