The Zine I have been part of creating with one of my Year 5 learners is making progress.
I only have the pleasure of connecting with B once a week – for around 30 minutes. Every week, for the past four school weeks, B and I have planning. He has been photographing, talking to teachers, collecting images from people and throwing ideas around.
He asks things like :
- Should I put captions?
- Should I change the background?
- Is it okay to have only primary school children in photos?
I never answer. Neither does he. He just makes decisions as he goes along.
He never asks things like:
- When will this be finished?
- Can we do something else?
- Why is this taking so long?
Neither do I.
You see, B sees the purpose. He wants it to be the way he wants it to be. He wants to use the colour palette to create just the right tone for the background. He wants the font to be vertical and the pictures to be grouped. I see the purpose too!
I am left wondering many things …
- What would it look like if learners made important decisions about what they are doing and how they are doing it more often? Would they learn more? Less?
- Is it meaningful and purposeful to create time to do things once a week? Does the time allow us to reflect or does it hinder the process?
- Do we allow learners enough time to think or do we jump in to save them; finish their thoughts and add to their ideas?
B has his next idea hatching! He has told me what we will be doing next …