Origins of Time Explained by 3C
The children have been busy expressing their learning about our first line of inquiry 'The origins of Earth'. They chose to show their learning in many interesting and engaging ways such as in a news report, a comic and a museum lecture. It is always great when the class take ownership of how they wish to communicate their learning and try to do something a bit more innovative. It makes their work much more memorable, to themselves, as well as their engaged audience.
At TIS the staff have been working very hard developing our knowledge and understanding of 'Visible Thinking' strategies and routines. These routines are created by Project Zero which is part of Harvard University. You can read more about this at http://www.pz.harvard.edu/projects/visible-thinking
G3 recently used the routine of 'I see, I think, I wonder' to start exploring our new line of inquiry 'How human measures time'. This was a great way to assess the children's prior knowledge, as well as getting access to what questions and wonderings they may wish to explore as the line of inquiry develops. It is also interesting for the children to really consider the different levels of congnitive thinking that take place to come up with wonderings, as opposed to just coming up with what they see in front of them.
Time Devices - Hypotheses
G3 have been trying to create hypotheses this week about how old time devices used to function. We have been searching for clues and pondering why each of the time devices use the shape, material and parts that they do (causation). Also, we looked at what problems there may be with each time device that caused the need for new innovations and inventions with time machines. Why did they evolve the way they did? What factors caused each time device to change?
Creating hypotheses (educated ideas) is also very challenging, as the children have to be able to justify and explain their ideas clearly, often to people with completely different views.
We were very lucky to have one very old Soviet time device in the classroom, so were able to touch and really carry out a closer examination of how it could possibly work. With this kind of work we often split into small groups and rotate around a series of different activities (some teacher led / some independent). This allows for each child to experience multiple activities connected to one task and to be able to have the time to express and share their views in a smaller groups. When these rotating 'centre' activities go well the learning is powerful and the classroom is a very exciting place to be - see the video (below) for more of an idea of how this learning works.
One of the learner profiles we are focusing on in this current unit is balanced. Within the unit we are looking at how children learn to balance their time and to use it wisely. How they take responsibility for their own time management.
It is also fun for the children to explore other ways that balance is important in their lives and the world too. I was lucky enough to find a really interesting piece of art, when I was in Istanbul recently, that allows the children to develop their skills of balancing objects next to each other to create new pieces of art (see images below). This is a really fun activity and allows children to combine balance and creativity.
Holiday Padlet Page
Thank you those who helped to create our 3C padlet page over the holiday period. There were lots of different organisation skills being modelled wonderfully during the break.
Padlet is a really fun tool and (as many people can work on one page) allows children to compare their work to their classmates and to give feedback to each other.
United Nations Day
United Nations Day was my personal highlight of the year so far. Such a wonderfully diverse and passionate community sharing their culture and pride for their country of origin. It is such a special day and such a great opportunity to celebrate as a united TIS community.
The fact that the parade was outside and the sun was shining just made the day even more memorable. Thank you to all those who marched, performed and supported.
Growth Mindset of the Week
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