If you had walked into my classroom for the past couple of days, you would have seen:
- Students “working” with Lego.
- Students painting a variety of pictures (proper big paper, paints, messy!).
- Students looking at books.
- Students watching videos on YouTube.
- Students working on a “model” of a city.
All of these things were clearly related to our unit of inquiry and our Math focus. It clearly looked like “children having fun” and I can guarantee there was a lot of learning!
- Students making connections to the concept of adaptation
- Students applying what they have learned about how humans respond and adapt in zones continuously affected by change (such as changing house structure)
- Students exploring their forms of natural change by painting and talking about it
- Students exploring measurement of the need for standard units of measurement
I like to think of myself as a very “open” educator, someone open for new ideas, and a risk-taker. I found that letting things flow challenged me though, that giving up so MUCH control was making me uneasy at times, and it makes me so much happier to see the outcomes of those days.
Students were becoming more and more independent. Students were collaborating in a huge variety of ways. Students talked about their ideas and wonderings. Students applied learning. Students had fun!