When I first was given the wicked problem assignment, I thought that this was something that I was already addressing in my class. I always am praised for having a safe classroom environment, so failure would surely follow along with it? Well after really diving deep into this wicked problem, I realized this problem is still prevalent in my classroom and it isn’t going to change overnight, but at least I now have strategies to help aid it.
I think that the approaches that we came up with and strategies that we have for educators are really easy things to implement starting on the first day of school. I think that we constructed simple ideas like clickers and anonymous polling that can start the scaffolding of a risk free learning environment. I also will continue to make mistakes and have my students correct me, and that is okay and I welcome it. I think that modeling to your students your failures and mistakes is one that will make the most impact.
I really enjoyed working with my team. During this MAET process I came in with the mentality that I hated group projects because I always felt like I had to take charge of the situation, but I have had a change of heart because of the team that I worked with. I found that my colleagues pushed both my thinking and my group members, that ultimately lead to a product that I am proud of. I even loved getting feedback from our class on our final product saying that what we did was insightful.