DILEMMA: Many of the scissors in our classroom are too difficult to use.
I asked the kids, ”How can we solve our dilemma?” Following are their responses. Yes, they are adorable, but more importantly they are problem solvers. The kids shared their solutions with each other…
Hayden “Get different scissors, remember the green scissors you got me? What about those scissors and we can work for money to get ‘em.”
Jack “Uh, if a man didn’t like his scissors maybe because they wanted gems and he had gem scissors I could use them.”
“Uh, we can, we can test some scissors that. Uh so we can uh remember which ones don’t work and which ones do work and we could go to the shop and get some scissors that work.”
Cole “If you were like cutting a paper and it didn’t cut, you could buy some scissors that work.”
Addyson “Um, if your scissors don’t work then, then, then you can send a note to our moms and dads to tell them to buy you new scissors.”
Addie Gray “Um, we could send home a note for the parents so every kid could bring 2 scissors.”
Stella “We can ask somebody nicely.”
Davis “We can bring some kid scissors from home.”
Elin “If they were, if somebody was selling scissors we could probably get them.”
Hudson “Um, everyone could bring scissors from their house.”
After much discussion we phoned the customer service number of the Fiskar scissor company and the kids spoke with Ms. Marta (on speaker) about our dilemma. The kids wrote a letter sharing their concerns, and possible solutions. The photos are of the letter the kids are mailing to Mr. Tonneson, President of Fiskars Americas. I hope you can zoom in and read each child’s contribution. We will mail the letter tomorrow morning, together.
The writing and communication process becomes important when it is RELEVANT to THEM. We have begun our journey of questioning to understand:
Perspective-What are the points of view?
Form-What is it like?
Reflection-How do we know?
Form-What is it like?
Causation-Why is it like it is?
Function-How does it work?
Connection-How is it connected to other things?
Change-How is it changing?
Responsibility-What is our responsibility?
The KIDS words are having an impact, today on our class, tomorrow the world.