As an undergrad Education student, I was asked to design my ideal classroom along with a team of three members, and teach a lesson along with it. This project encompassed many different steps. We were asked to write out a project plan, create a drawn blueprint of it, create a shoebox model of it, and then actually create the live classroom. The classroom, resources, and/or supplies for the lesson were supposed to only be enough for the professor, and the other classmates.
Well, before I knew it all of the professors that were a part of the Education Department and students from all over the campus decided they were going to come because they had been hearing so much about the project and the many things we had planned for our lesson. The lesson was only supposed to be thirty minutes long, but because so many people were talking about it, we were asked to stretch the lesson out over the course of a week and to make sure that there was going to be enough resources for the faculty and students that would be coming to observe and participate in the learning experience. Well, as we were going purchasing resources more and more people were being added to the guest list and anybody could walk in to enjoy the festivities.
Well, how do you plan for something like that? How do you know that the people that say they are coming will actually show up? It’s definitely not guaranteed. I wanted to create a guest list or a RSVP event. Of course the professor was against it because she wanted everyone to be welcomed to join in on the festivities. I wasn’t trying to keep anyone from coming; I only wanted to ensure that we would have enough food for our “A Taste of Food from Around the World” lesson for Social Studies, activities for our Language Arts Module, and games for our Arithmetic games.
The outcome was that we over purchased items and everyone was able to take plates of food home for later, and we were out of money because we couldn’t return the other items we had purchased. The great part about it was that everyone enjoyed themselves and our project turned out great.
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