I love Innovation Day - it is one of my absolute favorite days of the year. So after we had our 5th grade Innovation Day two weeks ago I asked my students to blog about. I don't think I have ever had a more eloquent response than the one Megan posted.
The Best Day of My Whole School Career
The best day of my whole school career would be, without a doubt, Innovation Day. Innovation Day is a day that you get to learn about and create anything. Sounds like a lot of fun right? It is, trust me. But you can’t just have recess for the whole day, or read for the whole day, you have to do something that you will be able to learn about. And you can’t just research the whole, entire day. You have to create something to show your learning.
Now that we have gone over the rules, I will tell you what I did.
I interviewed the librarian of our school, music teacher, gym teacher, four regular teachers, five kids, and one 4-K classroom. Those interviews took up most of the morning. My mom put my hair up in a bun to make it professional, and I wore business woman looking clothes. To make it even more professional looking I offered them a Gatorade or water. I also made business cards. After I was done interviewing the subjects, I gave them a king sized Hersey’s bar. That took up most of the morning. So then I had 2 hours and 45 minutes. So I put my learning into graphs for the regular teaches, and for the specials teachers and 4-K classroom I made a poster saying what I learned from them. Then I made the posters all pretty with highlighters and things like that. If I was an actual school designer the next thing that I would have done is take that information and incorporated it into my school design, so that I could make the optimal school.
THAT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY WHOLE SCHOOL CAREER!!!!!!!!!!! If you do not have Innovation Day at school, and you are a teacher or princapal or student or somebody that has some kind of relationship with school, please make sure that your school has that day. Because THAT WAS THE BEST DAY OF MY WHOLE SCHOOL CAREER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! And I guarantee that a lot of the kids will feel the same way.