Hi All, today the team watched part of the DVD from Walker Learning called Creating an Engaging and Intentional Learning Environment. We saw pictures of Investigation areas at Sandringham Primary school and Kathy Walker spoke about the features of the areas and the language children would likely use in those areas. We thought our areas compared very well with the ones on the DVD.
We were surprised to see boarding passes and passports designed by the teachers rather than by the children as we thought this was an aspect that was discouraged.
This week we asked the children to complete a questionnaire about their experiences at Investigation Time. These results will be collated shortly.
Today we grouped the children in groups of 4 or 5 and asked them to list the Learning Intentions from the whiteboard and then to list things that could help them with their learning.
The groupings I used were very interesting. I chose 5 relatively quiet children who lack confidence and expertise. They were very proud and thrilled to be team leaders. I then added other children to make mixed gender groups with a confident writer in each group and spread the behavioural problems over the groups. The leaders were to make the final decision on who would be the scribe. I suggested the groups might choose someone who was a quick neat writer to be their scribe. All children were then expected to contribute and more than one could write. They had fifteen minutes to complete the task and they had a couple of reminders. At sharing time, I invited the leaders to bring their group up, one group at a time and the leader nominated someone apart from the scribe to be the reporter. I felt this was a great way of building up the leaders.