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“I’ve thought about your problem…” Posh Problem Posse in action – Part 3

I’ve thought a lot about the Posh Problem Posse question of painting my shoes.  On Saturday, I ran after it rained.  I discovered that I had worn a hole in my right shoe. (Yuck, I discovered this while running. Wet socks are gross!) Yay! New shoes.

I sent the following email to Kate for the Posh Problem Posse. I wanted them to know how much I value their feedback about my safety, running, and shoes.

From: Jill Gough
Date: Sunday, February 3, 2013 5:36 PM
To: Kate Burton
Cc: Maryellen Berry
Subject: Dear Posh Problem Posse
Dear Posh Problem Posse,
After 145.8 miles, I had to retire my Lance Armstrong running shoes.  I discovered – the hard way – a hole in the bottom of the right shoe.  Your guidance and good questions helped me select my new shoes.  Thank you.  I cannot wait for you to see them and give me your thoughts.
As you can see from the attached photo, they have some serious neon colors per your suggestions.
I’ll be in Dallas this Friday when we meet, but I hope to Skype with you again.  I will leave my vest and wire with Ms. Burton so you can work on my illumination.

My intent was to let these young learner-problem-solvers know that I was listening and taking them seriously.  What would they do with the above information? I had no learning targets or outcomes planned.  I hoped they would take it as positive feedback.

Imagine my surprise and delight upon receiving the following email after school Monday.

From: K
Date: Monday, February 4, 2013 5:16 PM
To: Jill Gough
Subject: Shoes

I have thought about your problem and have come to a conclusion. My mom just ran a marathon and her shoes of choice were Asics. She has always used these and has never used Nike. I have done some research and they are dramatically less expensive without losing any quality. I also may I add that the shoe you see there is NOT custom colored. In fact, if you go to their website, http://www.asicsamerica.com/Footwear/Running-Shoes/ all their shoes are bright and neon. Also, because they are centered only on shoes they are typically better. They are great for any foot shape or size and have so many choices. I used to have Asics, but have just gotten a new pair of Nikes. I wish I hadn’t changed I loved my Asics. So now I have to wait and grow out of these before I can go back.

Other brands
saucony– more for racers and focused more on how light they can make a shoe for your running you want something with more support
Newtons – I think they are a bit trumped-up I looked at their website and it had things such as performance, or gravity but they all looked exactly the same I’m not to sure they are all that great however I must say I have never worn them.
karhu- if you want to run with style I do not suggest these they look like little nurse lady shoes with neon colors

I have found not to let the colors or the advertisement under sell you on a pair. Just imagine the shoe completely white and think is this really a  good shoe. Look mostly at the sole, the support, and the materials. I strongly advise not to get any with a foam bottom unless there is a thick covering of tread and rubber on top or you will wear them out like your old pair. But most of all look at heel support and the width of the shoe and know how wide your foot is. Don’t go against buying an expensive pair, because I assure you the cheapest will make up in surgery and doctor visit expenses.  Also, because you run it the dark I advise lots of tread that will prevent your feet from sliding.  If you have any questions just ask. K

Isn’t K’s reply great? Aren’t these awesome connections she’s making? How often do we use our research skills to serve others?

I absolutely love how relational her email is.  K connects me to her mother.  K shows she knows me with her comment about the karhu shoes.  Wow! “If you want to run with style I do not suggest these they look like little nurse lady shoes with neon colors.” She knows me well.

How much can and will our young learners research, do, and learn when we allow them to direct their learning and problem-solving?

I’m not smarter than these 6th graders…Posh Problem Posse in action – Part 2

At the first Posh Problem Posse meeting I explained my problem.  I’m running – training for a 10K.  I run very early in the morning in the dark.  I wonder if I am visible enough.  I wear a reflective vest, but can I be seen? Also, because it is cold, I wear a fleece vest which has a pocket to carry my phone.  When it gets warmer, how will I carry my phone?  I need it for safety. I need it for the app that coaches me.  I need it to listen to books and podcasts while I run.

There has been a week between the last meeting and this meeting.  I arrived in my running gear so they can see what I described when we last met. I’m wearing my gloves, vest, shoes, headband, etc.

Color me surprised… They have ideas, questions, and a mock-up prototype for me to see.  Wow!

I’m so sorry I didn’t capture more on video.  It was awesome! I’ve never heard of luminescent wire.

We spent about 20 minutes in a question session.  I wanted to know if the wire was washable.  Would wire on pants help me in the spring? Would they suggest luminescent wire on my running shorts or skirts? Should we consider only wiring my running vest? (I don’t wash it as often as I wash my running clothes.)

Screen Shot 2013-03-17 at 8.10.56 PMThe boys designed a sketch for me to discuss with them. They feel I need more reflective tape on my vest, and I need lights on my shoes. My current vest has reflective tape at my chest.  Their design has reflective tape spanning from my chest past my waist.  Notice the tuxedo stripes of luminescent wire on the pants. Teamwork in action.

They also are concerned about my fall.  Their hypothesis is that I need lights on my shoes to see when the pavement is uneven.  They are attempting to design lights for my shoes that help me see and also help me be seen.

They asked if they could paint my shoes with neon paint.  Now, I have a thing about my shoes! I don’t think I want my shoes to be painted.  They immediately wondered if they could find reflective tape to add to my shoes.

We, again, discussed my need for a pocket to carry my phone.  They asked if I used an iPhone.  They asked if I wanted the pocket to be padded.  “Just in case you fall again, it will protect your screen from getting smashed.” Sweet!

When I left, they were brainstorming next steps based on my feedback and their new ideas.

How often do we underestimate young learners?  What if we engage as learning partners with our young learners? What if we ask questions that have many answers? What if we ask questions without knowing the answers?

I have a problem…Posh Problem Posse in action – Part 1

Kate Burton, teacher of 6th graders, and I had a conversation about problem solving.  What could we do to promote more problem solving and critical thinking for a few of our 6th graders? We talked about Synergy, having an Alpha project, and gradual release of responsibility.

Kate and I are reading Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions by Dan Rothstein and Luz Santana. Could we (she) apply what we are learning with an Exploration about problem solving called a Posh Problem Posse?

I offered to be the first client for the Posh Problem Posse. I have a problem that I’d like for these smart, creative learners to consider.

I arrive for the first Posh Problem Posse meeting and explain my problem.  I’m running – training for a 10K.  I run very early in the morning in the dark.  I wonder if I am visible enough.  I wear a reflective vest, but can I be seen? Also, because it is cold, I wear a fleece vest which has a pocket to carry my phone.  When it gets warmer, how will I carry my phone?  I need it for safety. I need it for the app that coaches me.  I need it to listen to books and podcasts while I run.

The Posh Problem Posse asked me several questions.  Would I wear my phone on an arm band?  No. It will leave a tan mark. What problems have I had running? I fell in October because the uneven sidewalk caused me to trip.  Why do I run so early in the morning? I run before my family gets up so that I don’t miss any time with them and because I don’t sleep very much.

I only had 15 minutes to meet for this very first meeting.  Kate facilitated a question generation session with these learners and sent me the following email:

On 1/22/13 1:42 PM, “k8burton” wrote:
Below are the questions and then responses plus some extra notes.  It’s not formatted and there are a few abbreviations… Speed note taking at its finest.
Posh problem posse
What the budget that you would like us to have? A couple hundred
Would this be a gift, are we donating it to her? Bump in clothing is x 4
Would you be opposed to something larger like a puffer vest?
Would you rather have light wire around a pant leg
How much extra weight are u opposed to? Less than a pound
Do you want actual lights on some of you or reflectors
Does it have to be a vest? Would it work to have a light shining on you?
Would you like to have duct tape that might be a little less reflective?
Would you like reflective other places? Like jewelry or tuxedo stripe or head band hair tie or something in your head
Do you like listening to things when u run?
How close of a fit do you want? Adjustability
Do you have an iPhone
Where do you want your iPhone to be? Can it be on your arm?
What if the padded pocket for phone is on the inside of the jacket?
Do you want zip up or pull over vest? Pull over
What would you like the name to be?
What colors would you like? Orange pink
Would you like removable reflectors/ lights so that you don’t have to have them on at home? Removable for laundering
Velcro way to attach the airhorn
Lots more neon
longer on the vest
ID tag with info
Make an alley for the light wire
Sent from my iPad

There is a week between this meeting and the next meeting.  I plan to arrive in my running gear, so they can see what I have described.  I like the questions, and the way they are thinking.  I can’t wait to see what they are thinking!