Our library, the Cleveland Bradley County Public Library, recently had a holiday breakfast featuring Snowbeard the Pirate, renegade brother of Santa. As one of the activities, I introduced paper circuits to the participants. This was my first in-person creative learning program with a PLIX activity. I was so excited to share especially since we had two sessions back to back. Full transparency the first session was a fail but unlike most programs that you have to wait a day or two to fix your actions, I had 30 minutes to recover, reflect and redo.
Session 1: I had my supplies ready. I had a sample. I gave instructions. I didn’t touch the supplies BUT I did come to the session(mentally) with a set way of how everyone should reach the goal, light the lantern. One of the mom’s said “The lantern was lit until you gave more instructions.” I was a little uptight. I saw my mistake AS I was making it.
During the 30 minute break: I refreshed the supplies. Gave myself a pep talk, Relax-Relate-Release with a little help from our Teen Librarian and started again.
Session 2: I had my supplies ready. I had a sample. I gave instructions. I didn’t touch the supplies and I stepped back to see how the participants reached the goal. Encouraged their successes and ask questions to lead to their own choices which in the end led to the goal.
I didn’t know I was so uptight. It was a good learning experience.
Their way to the goal
His way to the goal
Snowbeard the Pirate