The excitement was in the air as the Smartians walked into the classroom on Friday morning. Mrs. McGrath immediately got them to pull out their Dear Mum and Dad (DMDs) so that they could capture an authentic writing experience… their PRE-thoughts before the Energy House Showcase got started at 8:30 up in the lofthouse. From 7:35 – 8 am, they “splatted” their thoughts and feelings onto paper, and then it was time to migrate upstairs with all their model houses and Minecraft projects. Each student had a “SOLD!!” feedback form for their future customers to fill in. Slowly, our community called ElectroSmartia began to take shape… then around 8:30 some parents began to come in… and so began the adventure called Energy House Showcase 2013!!! It was an amazing experience to watch the Smartians try to persuade and convince the people that their energy house design was THE ONE to go for!! Minecrafters let customers wear the headphones so that they could listen to their persuasive recording, while house model people showed off the features of their house through their typed up “Buyer’s Guide”. Sooooooooooooooooooo many people came to the Showcase, both students from other classes and parents. WOW! At the end of the showcase, it was amazing to gather up the page after page of feedback, and head back to the classroom to reflect on the experience. What went well? What would you have liked to do differently next time? What memories do you have from the experience?!  [tylr-slidr width=”300″ height=”300″ userID=”” groupID=””][/tylr-slidr] Later on during the day, we filled in some reflection “Brain Splat” sheets for our Learning Journals. Next week, the individual class presentations begin, when students will be evaluating themselves on their rubric, along with getting feedback from other Smartians. Bravo – what job well done!!!