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However, it's not only my students who have made great progress; I have as well. I've minimized my students by thinking they would have trouble achieving when just the opposite has
been true. One group of my morning class, in particular, has a lot of introverts; but they are working together to see what they can create as a team. They may have need a bit more encouragement to begin the project, but they picked it up on their own and are now laughing and engaged.
A real benefit of this activity has been students getting to know one another. My school is a transient school, meaning we enroll students from the other two high schools and from out-of-district schools all the time. In this new block probably 75% of my classes were students new to the school. Students who began the block wary of each other have now become friends.
I queried the groups on Friday, asking if they thought this was a project I should repeat next block and the answer surprised me. Maybe not the answer, but the strength of the answer. To a student, every one of them replied positively. Every. One.