I will click the button today on a summary of learning from 2012 to May 2013. I always credit my students and the Learning network community online and my fellow colleagues on a whirlwind of new learning. Learning is real with my students, it is a conversation, listening, reflecting, observing, sharing, thinking, building on ideas and always relevant to real life.
There are so many variables in the classroom and the school academic year that directly influence what works from one year to the next. If learning is real, who would want to cover the same content activities with the students? Giving students more control, ownership and responsibilities, that is the focus of my pedagogical approach. Yes of course is there really enough time to cover the process? we try!
- What is collaboration?
- How to listen and speak with partners?
- How to share ideas as a team?
- Why is collaboration important?
- How do I agree and disagree with my team?
- How does collaboration guide my learning with others and enhances my thinking?
- What strategies do I need to share?
- How do we compare and share our new learning?
- How do I ask questions for clarification?
It is always important to set the collaborative culture environment in and out of the classroom. Through many tasks on collaboration the students created the following tools:
- A team box that included a talking stick (watched a video on talking sticks). In the box, team members signs/name tags using foam on colored Popsicle sticks, clothe pins to attach to the name tag when the student is ready for discussion or ready to share & sticky notes of all sizes in each box.
- Daily questions on news events were presented to encourage oral communication and create situations for teams to build success criteria on listening and speaking and provoke curiosity.
- Activities that also covered the importance of a learning goal.
- Daily reflections on learning goals.
The following are activities that students co-constructed:
Travail en équipe Les outils en équipe Les sacs d’école L’évier L'eau
The students also learnt to use Google Drawing.
Some examples of building Collaborative Criteria:
Gr 4 collaborative skills discoveries:
Gr 4 students: also took pictures of themselves demonstrating collaborative criteria.
Gr 4 bubbles for everyday necessities
A slide of pictures on why I matter Gr 4 and Gr6 projects: