I saw this post about making a Spiky Door and knew that I wanted one for my class :). Today was day one and I was amazed at the kinds of learning going on. First, almost all of my students were engaged which is AMAZING for 14 days out from the end of the semester. Second, I was impressed with my students’ desire to perfect their original sketches after cutting out some trial pyramids. I am hopeful that this will result in better products.
On the negative side, I had more than one student comment that the ruler they had was not good because it was in mm and the directions said cm (I guess I should mention that it is good they read directions). I was saddened because this is not the first time we have measured in class but obviously I have more work to do. Additionally, I had a student who could not figure out where the lateral sides belonged on her scale drawing. She kept drawing her sketch like this:
However, the good part about this experience is that I think she learned A LOT today about visual representations and spacial reasoning – at least I hope. An additional good part is that one of my least successful students in class actually was helping point out what she needed to change which was awesome to see.
Overall, I like the direction of this project thus far. I can already see areas of improvement for myself in the future but am happy with the experience regardless.