THAT WAS FUN|
Thinking back on your childhood and adolescence, can you remember a teacher teaching something that was particularly interesting and memorable to you? What was being taught? How was the teacher teaching it? Why do you think it was such an effective learning experience for you?
In the 8th grade, as a CORE student, we had to do a project on something we were interested in. I chose model rockets. It was extremely fun to build them and I took great pride in achieving the most aerodynamic model I could achieve. I sanded and painted it to the utmost specifications. When I presented the launch for the class, there was quite a strong headwind. I over compensated on the trajectory and launched this 2-stage rocket clear out-of-sight. I had lost the rocket. I walked back to the classroom, with the whole class, empty handed except for my launch pad. I received an A for the assignment which I think was somewhat sympathy. The next week, my student teacher had found the rocket in a tree and returned it to me, relatively intact. I was happy to get it back and the whole experience taught me quite a bit. For one, making the rocket taught patience and taking pride in my work. Aerodynamic principles were also taught. I presented the project to the class, help me me in talking in front of a group. Principles of compensation for wind velocity were taught in the launch and humility was instilled after walking back, empty-handed. The effectiveness of sympathy was learned by the grade I received. This was, perhaps, the most well-rounded learning assignment I had ever experienced. The entire process allowed me to become a better, well-rounded individual.