It’s amazing to think I’ve been to Manila, shared in the Learning2 experience and now I’m back at school, disrupting my own life!
I love the fact that there wasn’t only “stuff” that we learnt about. There was “stuff” that we created. I feel like I own it! That I want to make sure it gets used.
I was fortunate enough to be a part of a group of people who felt that shaking the boat in schools is not enough. They feel the need to tip it over and jump on the sails.
So, I am attempting something I never thought I would. It’s not Genius Hour and it’s not Passion Projects. My class has chosen the name “Adventure Time”. (Maybe it’s a combination of the two with a dash of #disruptstand ). I think it goes along the lines of Google’s 20% Time (which has had some conflicting reports).
We started today watching a clip from Back to the Future and thinking about how ideas are hatched. Then children finished thinking about their ideas, some needing to gather information before completing their pitch.Then, students shared their pitches, first in small groups and then with the class.
Edna, a colleague and friend, managed to pop in. She gave a great suggestion about giving feedback. “Say what you like, and then add your suggestion by using the word ‘and’ instead of ‘but’ . We limited the pitches to 5 minutes. Everyone wanted a chance to pitch and to pitch in and time ran away and the day ended. We didn’t mange to reflect on this part of the process.
Children have come up with a range of ideas.
- Leigh, after listening to the other pitches and feedback, would like to change his choice.
- Two girls will be creating a type of fidget toy for kids. The will interview a psychologist and Occupational Therapist to collect data.
- Two are working on creating a new sport.
- Jack will be inquiring into how the brain works. He will need a surgeon to assist him.
- Emily would like to work with Adam (a health store owner) to learn about the herbs that will help her invent a drink to boost the immune system.
- Brodie and Ezra will be creating a YouTube channel, teaching less privileged children how to create and play music using a variety of instruments.
I’m hoping this grows.. and grows…