Day 19 (of 184) new paradigms
This year I’ve been pushing the boundaries of how I’ve organized my lessons based on 3 key learning goals I’ve set for myself:
Introducing technology to my learning community (an ongoing goal)
Working on self regulation (a goal which has been set on ‘simmer’ for a few years but is now on ‘boil’)
Making math fun (something I’ve played with but an now spending a lot of time thinking about)
Regarding technology, today was the first time our kindy class used their tech/media centre. Watching a DVD has never been better according to their teacher. Bigger picture. Better sound. It all helps.
During our Self Organized Learning Environments (sole) we have also made great gains over these four weeks: moving from rushed research and partial sentences to teamed research and reports that are well organized and even starting to push boundaries (brochure) of what was expected in our hour-and-a-bit of work time.
Self Regulation continues its focus on 2x a day breathing breaks as a school. We are also on working on identifying and using Self Regulation devices (fidgets chewlery etc) as tools – not toys. When used as toys (distracting users and others) the devices are put away to be tried again later or by someone else. Good progress here with regular reminders of using tools vs playing with toys.
Recreational Math is starting to come together. Inspired by a throw away line in Dr Who, we are working hard on seeing math as more than just numbers. Today we spent time on optical illusions and it didn’t take long in our ongoing feedback loop that I needed to dedicate more time to our exploring, replicating an originating optical illusions ourselves! The hours are melting away!
Amazing what happen when we build off of @spencer2thewest ‘s message about redefining possible – we are trying to redefine what learning looks like and take away the frustrations that lead to ‘I Hate…’ or “I’m not good at…” statements. Every day.