The students worked in teams of two to assemble the five engines. The aim was for the Senior Classroom to end up with five working models; an exercise in cooperation not competition.The following is a summary of the students’ evaluation of their TRUMP skills:
T for Thinking: Problem solving - Cripes! There were over a hundred pieces to the engine kits. Read and re-read the instructions, then follow them
Well, most of the time we did…
R for Relating to others: talking with the others about what they are doing, using good manners, and no put downs.
U for Using language, symbols and text: using the instructions, words and pictures. Learning the vocabulary for engines. Eg. This is a camshaft not a “thingy”.
M for Managing self: creating and following routines eg. Setting up the work space and keeping it tidy.. Persevering – when the going gets tough the tough get going. Keeping track of next steps to avoid wasting time at the next session.
P for Participating and contributing: we helped each other, and some groups knew how to fix a problem and shared their ideas with the other groups.
That way all the engines were put together and most of them worked.
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