In this post I explain our collaborative planning experience as we revisit an established unit of inquiry, as well as, how that leads to teaching oneself and creating practical resources for our students in an attempt to make sense of it all. Planning and resources are shared.
My class had a number of friendship issues which were bubbling to the surface and happened to pop yesterday afternoon into and for my immediate attention. I listened to and questioned my students to uncover what the issues were. I found that they were wanting friendships for good reasons but possibly practicing unhealthy social skills. They understood why they needed friendships but they were struggling with how to act to maintain healthy friendships.
I pondered overnight on an effective way to help my students help themselves. In the morning over our daily arrival coffee, Leigh Ann and I were continuing our delightful never ending discussion about everything and anything. I shared my challenge and she, as usual drew from her wealth of ideas, suggesting I use a Verb Poem. She learned about the “How to be a Shark” poem approach from a Writer’s Workshop. Perfect! A poem format existed that was based on exactly what I wanted them to express in words - HOW. How was about doing so verbs were about to come alive with a relevance I’ve never seen before.
A reflective learner gives thoughtful consideration to their own learning and experience. They are able to assess and understand their strengths and limitations in order to support their learning and personal development. Taken from our International Baccalaureate’s Learner Profile.
Our Unit of Inquiry’s Central Idea is People Throughout History Have Made A Difference With Their Inventions. I would like to improve my ability to reflect effectively and model this for the students. I also want to model the Creative Problem Solving process they are learning about.
Student’s are working together to discuss what each part of the Creative Problem Solving process means and need to agree on the order in which to place each part.
Each group works very well together. They are on task, respectful and cooperative. Do they know how? Are they aware of the skills they need and are using so well?
Hi, I am Natasha Hutchins an international teacher collaborating, exploring and sharing ideas with others, like myself from around the world, for our collective professional development and enjoyment of learning and teaching.