Assigning roles to children not only gives them a sense of ownership but also does gives them clarity into how each member is important in a team. We have seen that this has helped the children to explore things together as a team.
We also incorporated and encouraged teams to document and share their learning in what we called the 3 Golden Nuggets of Learning
1. What went wrong?
2. What went right?
3. What we learned.
What was interesting was how children at first were very uncomfortable writing what went wrong. In fact one team wrote what went wrong and erased it before they presented it. Once they saw failure as a repeated patten and something we all talked openly. They got very comfortable with the idea and were asking for more papers to fill out their findings.
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