We had to work in groups and use the "habits of mind" (adaptability, persistence, creativity, cooperation, reflection, courage, and self-awareness) to build the tallest balloon towers we could. We had 15 balloons, one roll of masking tape, and we could only tape one balloon to the ground. Oh yeah, and we couldn't talk to each other!
Here are our final results:
More team building during the second week. Groups had to move a tennis ball from one beaker We have been focusing on techniques and guidelines for effective discussions. We have also been talking a lot about using reflection (thinking about what happened and why it happened that way) to improve on something we are trying to do. During our "Balloon Tower Challenge" we combined reflection with discussion to figure out how to make our next attempt at a balloon tower even better!
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