Kath Murdoch speaks a great deal about agency. I love the way in which she shares her knowledge about creating a learning and learner centred classroom and inquiry that is always grounded in evidence.
Her ideas about transdisciplinary learning sit comfortably with me. Get the children to think about the content of what they are learning on one hand, while thinking about the skills that they are learning on the other. She shares stories about children in the early years of school talking about the goals they set around the PYP attitudes and profiles.
She talks about how we can notice and name for them so that they can use the language of the PYP to talk about their learning in an authentic way.
I love her ideas of checking in before lessons begin … Getting learners to think about themselves as learners, not only the content of what they are learning.
I have used the Bear Cards, Sometimes Magic Cards , Ups and Down cards, random images, words, a provocation, a continuum, a question and PYP attitudes with and without images to get learners to check in.
The reflection that arises from the initial check in is powerful – in the middle or end of lessons or units or at different times during lessons.
I also love Kath’s advice to “let them in on the secret”.
Are units a secret?
How can we include children more in the planning of units, excursions and daily learning engagements?
How do we ensure that learning is about skills – transdisciplinary skills?