Sunday, April 8, 2018

Week 9's Building Horizontal Connections

I can't think of a better example or evidence of building horizontal connections than our super team inquiry this term.

Bear with me as I explain. Last year in the final term we dived into Project Based Learning following my own learning investigations and my curiosity around the Play Based Learning our junior school were adopting. I found it fascinating and very fulfilling. It also highly promotes horizontal connections. Deeply engaging in a project from start to finish requires many different skills at different times and a discerning learner to know what to do when to get a win-win outcome.

I was convinced to try Project Based Learning after watching an American documentary on the past, present and future of learning called, "Those Most Likely to Succeed":

Most Likely to Succeed Trailer from One Potato Productions on Vimeo.

The full version is inspiring and certainly shows how kids today demand authentic learning that will connect to real life needs and attributes. Teach skills and behaviours through literacy and numeracy content instead of the other way around. Teaching content is just not necessary like it was before the digital age. That's the fact we have to face so we can give our students the best possible outcomes.

One of the reasons we don't have a timetable in M2 is I argue that when we walk through our learning room door we will learn. After the 9 o'clock bell we'll do some learning and after that we'll learn some more. Following morning tea and lunch time we'll be learning and hopefully beyond the hours of 9-3 students will find their work ethic and continue learning whenever, whatever and wherever they are.

Funnily, I have no-one in M2 in my Super Team Inquiry Project group. Most of my Art group came from the Year 1 classes with a couple of Year 3 & 4 students and 3 Year 5 & 6s. After the first session I knew I had my work cut out for me. But we have nearly got our project finished.



On Thursday next week our Super Team will be sharing their projects. I can't wait to see the different responses to Term 1s Learning theme.

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