Saturday, December 21, 2013

Collaboration: An eye-opening experience

Something I forgot to mention in a previous post about Kingdom Rush was the failure I was experiencing while trying to play the game.  I would get stuck, become extremely frustrated, but would have to keep trying over and over again because I have a hard time accepting defeat from technology.  I was past the point of frustration but was trying to keep a positive outlook on the activity.  Fortunately this week my teacher assigned us to work collaboratively with a partner to help each other out to avoid such frustration.
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I've only really experience frustration when it comes to computer games and others very similar. I started to think about the students I have tutored and that this was probably how they felt when they where in the classroom.  My own failure caused me to open my eyes and realize that this is what my students must feel like.

It then caused me to reflect on my own practices and efforts to help students foster a positive environment.  What do I do to help students through their failures to learn from their mistakes?  Do I brush off their frustration because I can't empathize? etc.   It soon became really easy to connect with those students. So even though I wasn't a fan of the game, I am a fan of how it helped me grow as a reflecting practitioner.