Today I got out some ancient technology: the overhead projector.
We are learning about light and shadows, and I planned to use the overhead projector to play a little “guess the mystery shadow” game to help us learn that shadows look like the object. But first, the following things were said:
- Look! Miss K has a robot!
- Is that a robot, Miss K? (this question is repeated about 25x)
- Child stands next to the projector and puts one arm in the air with his hand pointing forward – After a moment of confusion I realize he is doing an impression of the projector.
- Children clammer around, examining this mysterious object (which I should add has been in plain sight all year)
- One child reads the logo 3M on the front of the projector
- Children are still whispering to one another while finishing their work, pointing excitedly, and a child runs up to hug me and tell me, “You’re the best!”
- We should get a class dinosaur!
Because I am incredibly amused at this point, I ask the kids what they think it is and what they think it does. Some of their answers:
- A robot that does the robot dance (which of course my students demonstrate for me, doing the robot far better than I could ever hope or dream of dancing)
- A camera
- A camera that when it takes your picture it makes you be in a costume
But my favorite moment of the entire exchange:
Student 1: We have a robot! Should we name our robot?
Student 2: It already has a name: 3M!