Self-efficacy is defined as how well one can execute courses of action required to deal with prospective situations. That is why I brought an engine to school. By taking it apart and learning how it works, I believe, the kids’ belief in their ability to problem-solve has increased. I don’t expect them to know how to fix engines, all I want is for them not to be afraid to TRY to fix a problem on their own.
I’d love to hear from you your thoughts about what would you like your kids to gain out of these workshops.
The next session is our last session for this round. This week we talked about teamwork, we went to playground and I set up a spider web were they had to go through it and then go on it, sometimes alone, sometimes with the help of a friend. It was a great prompt for them to deal with frustration, how to ask for help and how to offer help-PLEASE ASK THEM ABOUT THAT. We talked about how to deal with frustration and coping skills. Our conversations are not long and deep but they get the idea.
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This week was about putting it back together. The kids got their computers that they took apart last week, and I asked them to put it back together. They realized that it is a much harder task than taking something apart. I stepped out of the room and left them for 15 minutes (I was by the door) to see what happens without supervision- they were great, they kept on working together and actually helped each other!sometimes when they feel that we trust them they actually show that they are trustworthy.
This week was about the difference between taking something apart vs. breaking… I gave them 2 laptops and 5 screwdrivers and asked them to take them apart in a way that they will be able to put it back together. My guess that next week they will not be able to make the laptops work, and it is ok. The goal is for them to see that they CAN try and fix things, that if something breaks you CAN try and fix it. If two words it is all about SELF EFFICACY.
(Ask them about the brain and the memory of the computer)
This week was all about working together and thinking outside the box. Their task was to build something that would hold a big dice and that I wouldn’t be able to take it apart. It took them about 20 minutes to complete it- but they did!
Once they get a goal to work together, they are working great together!
This week they finally got to PULL A CAR! They have been asking for it since the first session. We started with a few short competitions inside and then went outside. They all listened carefully to the safety rules and did great! look at the faces when they realized that they pull a car all alone! ( I promise I didn't help)
In this session we started to talk about creative thinking. I had a big Chess board and asked them what kind of games we can play with it. We ended up turning it into "slides and ladders" game. After that we worked with giant dominos set to create a line as fast as we can. Ask them about creative thinking...