This was our first week of magic spots. I am only doing this with two students so far. We are working on a year long project to make a stop motion video (as well as address feelings regarding) a specific spot in school. The point of this project is to connect students to a place in nature.
When we first went out I was excited to get the project underway. We have a rather large field, and I said to the students you can pick anyplace you would like to be for your spot. Both students stayed relatively close to the school, and only one picked a view of a tree (the other picked a view of a slide). I had explained what I thought was important about the project, but both students had said they had already picked their spots (before we went out together). So while it was great they had been thinking about a space meaningful to them, I was a little concerned about where the space they chose.
After the first day we did a short debrief regarding their feelings. Both students just felt hot, and not real attachment, which was to be expected. I found some grass that was seeding and got them to look deeper into their space. This seemed to be effective. After recess one of the students came up to me and noticed more grass that looked strange.
So far, the project has been going as planned I guess. The students seem interested, but it’s only the first week. It might be a challenge to keep this enthusiasm happening all year.
When I was a classroom teacher it was easy to make sure every student got outside and was quiet for at least five minutes a day, it seems so much more difficult without a class.
They are all very excited about making the video though.