Third Grade AIM
Today in AIM
We started AIM by paying our fixed/variable expenses and balancing our checkbooks. Next we reviewed about the different styles of leadership from last week and introduced the third style: political frame. Leaders who use the political frame effectively use several methods including: clarifying what they want and what they can get; assess the distribution of power and interests; build linkages to key stakeholders; and persuade first, negotiate second, and coerce only if necessary. To practice building consensus the class worked together to select the color for new t-shirts for the class (just a simulation). Each student was given a slip of paper with their personal instructions (for example – You like to take and share your opinion during the decision-making process. You like most colors, but you hate the color red). They had 15 minutes to try and come to consensus! They were unsuccessful but got super close - we were able to reflect and take notice of the strategies that worked and didn’t work.
We spent about an hour brainstorming and learning about our major PBL project for the year. They have been “hired” to design and build a hotel inspired by Ancient Greece (we will also learn about electricity as these models will be lit). We started off listing all of the things we need to learn about Ancient Greece to complete this mission, (geography, culture, entertainment, government etc.,) to name a few. We picked geography as our first area of study and dove right in. It was great to see them go deeper and take the facts about Greece and think about how it could impact the design of our hotel.
With our remaining hour we continued to work on our leadership cardboard project!