I’m really into LEGO Bricks. In fact, it’s my day job — has been for about a year now. I have teachers that work for me, but I don’t usually get to teach — until recently.
I’ve got a LEGO Mindstorms robotics class at two elementary schools, and I really enjoy the concepts and the materials, but have had a little difficulty at times engaging some of the kids — which really surprises me. Supposedly, each child *wanted* to take the class. (Though I imagine it’s possible that one or two are taking the class vicariously on mom or dad’s behalf).
And I totally get the fact that — being new to teaching this topic at this level, I’m not the most experienced or likely candidate, necessarily. I’m usually more the behind-the-scenes guy. But to me, the fact that I *get to build robots with LEGO elements* is so super cool, that I feel like I’m a kid following the pied piper (who, in this example would be the LEGO Robotics), and am simply surprised at any other kids who aren’t just as giddy about it as I am.
I’ve still got quite a sense of wonder, when it comes to the material. It amazes, enthralls, and thrills me. It’s a big part of why, having grown-up, yet not “grown-up”, I chose to pursue a profession that employed the Beloved Bricks I never abandoned.
So, it occurred to me after 2 classes with 2 different groups, that each child’s “sense-of-wonder-ometer” may not be as easily triggered as mine — even though each child presumably wanted to be in the class. And that, after all — they are kids. Their attention spans are not quite squirrel me too. What were we talking about?
So I’m endeavoring in this week’s classes to focus more on piquing that sense of wonder in those that have not been as easy to persuade. Will we get there? I wonder.