Provocation - Professor Snarfler
Our 'Who We Are' unit got off to an excellent start when Professor Snarfler watched videos of each of the children learning and then made predictions about what jobs they might be suited to when they are older. The criteria that he used to make his predictions were body language, organisational skills, social connections and our though process.
It was interesting to hear his perspective on what we might be. Many of the children felt that the jobs they were given were the perfect match, whilst others were a little disappointed or surprised. The real reason of this provocation was to make the children reflect and show self-awareness about the way that they learn and to be reflective. It was also a good way of introducing the key concept of perspective and to discuss how different people may see things or interpret things differently.
Line of Inquiry 1 - How do we learn?
Our first line of inquiry is 'Knowledge of our learning styles'. We have been looking at and inquiring into what factors may affect our learning. We created fair experiments, undertook them and then reflected on how we can really use the data to create positive changes to how we learn.
We have also been gaining a knowledge of V.A.R.K to identify if we are visual, audio, reading based or kinesthetic learners. Are we just one learning type or a mixture of more than one? Can the type of learner we are change depending on the task? Lots to consider and to think about.
Mindfulness / Meditation
A video we saw earlier in the unit claimed that regular meditation could cause a reduction in stress, more focus and energy for learners. So, after all those positives we decided that we should give it a try. It was a new experience for most of the children, but one that they enjoyed. We now need to devise an experiment that can fairly measure if the meditation has an advantageous affect on the children, both holistically and academically, or not. Also, some of the children are keen to create and market their own guided meditation videos, so this could become a very interesting project.
One of the major skills we are looking to develop and inquire into in this first unit is cooperation. So, working in groups to solve puzzles depicting cooperating animals seemed like a good starting point. To make it harder we added rules such as no talking and a timer to add a little more pressure and to make the children adapt their strategies. A large part of cooperation is understanding each role within a team and identifying the needs of the team. This is an area we will work much more on as the unit goes on, particularly when we look at creating an 'effective community' and 'accomplishing common goals'.
Tea in our Yurt
3C had a wonderful Uzbek tea party in the school yurt. We are very lucky to have such a wonderful space in our school and equally lucky to have such passionate Uzbek studies staff who can teach us all about local customs and cultures.
Zones of Regulation
All of Elementary have been learning about how we can understand our emotions better by using the 'zones of regulation'. 3C have gone a little further and have created physical zones that we can move our photos to if we want our classmates to know how we are feeling. The idea of this is to foster a culture of empathy where the classmates are aware of how each other are feeling and then take suitable action to assist each other.
Can you find your own child from their self portraits and the way that they are described by their classmates?
Tashschool Arts Blog
Please click on the following link to see all the exciting 3C learning that has been going on in the Elementary Arts departments. http://dcazac.wixsite.com/tiselementaryarts/music-blog/tag/3C
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