It’s only been two and a half years since I discovered the amazing world of Buncee during my spring break, but I absolutely cannot imagine operating my classroom without it! Ever since Buncee entered my world, life in my classroom has been dramatically changed – forever. It was during those magical moments when I introduced my fifth graders to the Buncee canvas that I realized just exactly how fabulous Buncee really was. The excitement that I saw in my students’ eyes as they began exploring the Buncee canvas captivated me. It only took a few instructions from me before they were fully engaged on their on quest for creative expression in whatever subject we were working on during class. Hearing their squeals of delight while creating Buncee vocabulary slides (in reading, math, history, or science), explaining concepts in math, crafting imaginative stories, visualizing quotes for the day, enjoying mindful minutes, or simply “Free Buncee-ing” fostered the passion that we lovingly refer to as Buncee Fever! Monitoring their efforts is absolutely mesmerizing.
But you don’t have to listen to this educator explain the benefits of Buncee in the classroom. Far more powerful than my own words could ever be are the absolutely honest, heartfelt words of my students. I recently posed this question to my students during our Morning Message, “Why should teachers let their students Buncee?”. My students immediately opened their Buncee canvas to share their reasons:
Buncee empowers student voice and choice in the classroom. Students experience a freedom that enriches whatever they are doing while creating with Buncee. Buncee also fosters collaboration in the most rewarding way. When one student encounters a potential challenge during creativity, another student quickly steps in even before I can reach them to offer assistance. This is incredible to watch in action. Students also share tips and tricks they learn on their quest to becoming Buncee Masters.
Buncee truly is a tool that I cannot imagine living without in my classroom (or in my life outside of the classroom) – ever again. I have witnessed firsthand the benefits of Buncee, as have my students. Their words continue to inspire me daily to provide them with the opportunity to create, collaborate, present, share, and inspire through the Buncee canvas. When asked what their favorite part of Buncee is, my students responded: “EVERYTHING!” I believe that says it all!