My grade 2’s are starting a new project that asks them to create something (anything) that maybe they wouldn’t normally try to do or think about doing. I have asked them two things. The first is “What would you do if you were unafraid”. Let’s face it, this is a BIG question for all of us, because it seems that the older we get, the more fears we take on. So we talked about this for awhile and said that being unafraid in the context of being a 7 & 8 year old had a lot to do with no one being mad or upset with them, that they wouldn’t lose mom or dad, or gram or gramp. Or their home. Or their favourite toy. Or their dog. These are tangible fears at this age and some of those fears don’t change for a long time. The next part of the question was “What would you do if you had no limits?”. So now the discussion changed to what are limits? Where do we find limits? What do limits do for us that are good (speed limits)? What do limits do that are bad (big list to get at the grocery store, but not enough time and money to get the list)?
Earlier in the year we started talking about POTENTIAL and what potential was. I had written on the board “today has great potential” and explained it to the kids that we had a choice, everyday, to have a good day by listening, by questioning, by letting someone play with you, by being better and wiser than you were the day before. They decided that potential was a verb. I agreed.
Back to our project… once we started thinking about the things that we could do or create, I threw three parameters at them: they had endless money; anything was possible; it had to be for the good of humanity. They can work in groups or on their own (but 2 or more brains increased potential exponentially) and to be perfectly honest, I am very excited to see what they come up with. 🙂