Check this out!”
“Can I show the class?”
- It means I own something.
- It means it belongs to me.
- It means it is all mine.
- It means to have something in your possession/
- It means to have something you are proud of.
Well, I know when I am proud of something and someone asks who did this or made this, I speak up quickly. and when i am not proud, I feel like I want to hide. I know if I am proud or not, if it is mine, I still own it, but there is a difference.
I wish I could have frozen the moment, bottled it, and gave it away to spread the importance of giving our students opportunities of ownership.
We followed this conversation with a read aloud of The Old Woman Who Named Things by Cynthia Rylant. In the book, the Old Woman shows ownership by naming the things that are important to her, or she is proud of…
Why is Ownership Important?
Students are taught at a very young age about ownership through, “Show-n-Tell.” I can explicitly remember being so proud as I walked into the classroom with my knick-knacks to show the class… but why? I was proud! I wanted to showoff what was special to me.
Kids associate things with feelings. Things tell stories, show memories, contain moments, represent attachments, give purpose. We all want time to “showoff” our things because we own them… they are ours.
Ownership—To the Next Level
Things… don’t get me wrong… things are important to have, but what if instead of a given thing, there is a created thing. Ideas, explorations, trials all lead to created things. As the students go through this process, they become attached as they make new memories and seize moments. Creations could be solutions, writings, awards, inventions…
Students deserve the opportunity to create things they are proud of… and want to show the world! We, as dream builders, must give the students the opportunity to present to the world. Reaching out beyond our classroom wall is more accessible than it has ever been with Facebook Live, Google Hangouts, Twitter…
I was recently at a EdTechTeam Summit, where I heard Dr. Chris Craft speak about The Hand Challenge. To sum up this challenge, students all around the world are creating prosthetic hands for children using their 3D printers. His students then are able to package them up (at no cost) and send them to children in need. You can get the full story at www.handchallenge.com.
An Ownership Environment
- a growth mindset
- a teacher and students full attention
We cannot teach people anything; we can only help them discover it within themselves. ~Galileo