A big hit at the 2018 SENG National Conference!
We are going to sneakily “hide in plain sight” several objects and notes in our classroom. We hope the kids use their natural curiosity to discover them. If not, we will throw some hints into the wind. These objects and notes we are hiding are classroom BREADCRUMBS.
Our classroom breadcrumbs fill this lesson with thought-provoking metaphors, serve as a centerpiece for interactive discussions and responses, and invite students to think, consider, and reflect in a non-threatening way. We explore the breadcrumbs (including the word breadcrumbs itself) and associated images together with students further below. For now, consider these key take-aways:
Breadcrumbs help people find their way back to where they have been and can also provide a path for others to follow.
In the bigger picture, breadcrumbs help us understand, feel safe, and feel less confused in life.
Most importantly, discovering the breadcrumbs is fun! Use your best teacher trickery to hide the breadcrumbs around your classroom just well enough so that they will be discovered with a little effort. We’ll talk more about this later, but first we need to look at the breadcrumbs, and you’ll need to assemble these breadcrumbs or similar ones before you begin the lesson.
Each breadcrumb is a physical metaphor. In sum, these breadcrumbs represent a wide range of social-emotional issues in gifted education.