At the start of the week we had visitors from an overseas school. As they toured the school they talked with our students about their learning. One of the conversations I over heard had our students explaining what stage of the Learning Design Model they were concentrating on at that time in their learning (she had returned to the Explore stage after she had found new information in the Generate stage!) and also explaining how their learning was enhanced by linking Learning Areas together.
On Wednesday afternoon as I farewelled the students at the end of the day with the news that tomorrow they would be getting their Term II Module choice booklets the highlight was seeing their genuine excitement and anticipation. Unlike for Term I modules, this time we were able to collect student voice on what contexts they would like to explore Space and Place which has helped teachers plan the different modules. As well, for the first time each Module has identified the Learning Areas it is focusing on and described the specific Learning Objectives. There was real excitement when students were given the booklets on Thursday.
I spent a lot of time this week in Learning Hubs and Modules talking with kids about their learning and observing their learning in action. This included students doing rehearsals for Sheilah Winn Shakespeare performances and our first school 'show' which had students performing music, drama and dance to the whole school.
|Antonia performing her original song|
|Alisa performing on the piano|
|Choreographing original dance|
|Euphoria after performing at Sheilah Winn|
|The witches and their concoction|
|A man happy in his work!|