Great post. I am not sure at what point students lose their enthusiasm for learning but I suspect it has a lot to do with a curriculum that fails to engage them. Too much time mindlessly ploughing through content that at times has little connection with the real world. I hear a lot of talk about ‘authentic learning’ these days. In fact our system has an ‘authentic learning toolbox’ available so teachers can get some ideas around creating ‘authentic’ learning experiences for their students. Great in theory, but unless it is supported with time release to allow teachers to ‘unpack’ the resource it will end up like most teaching resources and gather dust while tucked away in a corner of the virtual staffroom.
My class has been in a fit of making and creating in our current Unit of Inquiry into how humans use energy to support progress.
Naturally, they wanted to share their learning with a broad audience. In primary school this usually means that older kids spend time showing younger children their learning. One of the children in the class suggested that the older students in the school might find the creations in the class interesting.
The kids energetically set up circuits using a Makey Makey. There was a play-dough Minecraft controller, an interactive dance mat, lightsabers and an Apple Bob with a prize for anyone to get an apple out without the music playing (the copper wire in the bucket an the tinfoil tape on the ground made this an impossible task).
As the secondary snack arrived, the 8 year olds were bursting with glee.
And then… nothing.
My Year 4s weren’t going to…
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