Friday, 11 March 2016
Creating to Learn
While I do not consider myself overly creative, I have found myself looking for ways to inspire creativity in both my learners and the lessons that I am preparing.
I am really enjoying the connections that I am building with both my literacy and numeracy groups and to have them others that what we are doing in that space is "fun" and "interesting" inspires me to look for ways to challenge them as individual learners.
What I am finding is that the majority of the Hub are aware of the word "collaborate", they do not have an appreciation for the skills and/or behaviours that are required to actually work together to solve a problem. We set up a provocation this week with a collaborative challenge to build a structure to support a weight. There were some criteria that they had to meet however there was a lot of freedom in how they designed and built it. Groups were randomly assigned and we let them to it with a time limit to complete the activity.
These photos are great observations of how groups collaborated to create their structures, however, when the timer went off, no groups had managed to complete the task. Was this a failure? Not in the slightest. This result was a great springboard into some discussion about what behaviours they saw in groups that they perceived to be working well together and we were able to use some of these verbs to make connections to our Hub Treaty and the learner qualities.
This has made me think about how do I foster both creativity and collaboration with my literacy and numeracy plans. How can I use the connections with my learners to support and grow these skills? Definitely food for thought as I move through the year.