how do you create scaffolds that allow kids' imaginations to soar?
In an often binary world of right/wrong and yes/no it is easy to be discouraged by mistakes. So how do we prepare kids for a life where mistakes happen all the time? It starts with perception, or mindset if you will. Right or wrong is a fixed notion, but what if kids are able to see the potential for growth that mistakes present? Mistakes are an opportunity to learn and discover new things. This is a relatively abstract concept, so how do you visualize it? One way is through worksheets. The kids tracked their attempts in finding specific codes to direct the Ozobots. They, as robot translators, tried different combinations and had to take notes. Notice how they also had to acknowledge if it worked or not. For team “Left” theirs zig-zagged and then spun. A “mistake” technically, but without a doubt from the looks on their faces a truly exciting opportunity. After “coding” all the kids sat in a circle and shared their discoveries, “To make it go left we did these colors, but we also learned that…”
Nancy Tarshis MA, MS, CCC-SLP, Allie Brudner MS, CCC-SLP, Noor Al Radi MS CCC-SLP Being grown-up kids, play continues to be a relished home for flights of ideas. As speech language pathologists at the Rose F. Kennedy Center, Children’s Evaluation and Rehabilitation Center (CERC) in the Bronx we try to infuse all therapy with opportunities for that sense of wonder when tinkering, problem-solving and all other -ings.