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Find out who is into kickboxing, skiing, VR, reading, hammer throw, basketball, tennis, YouTube, scootering, gymnastics, writing, hockey, gaming, soccer, cooking, robotics, unicorns, snowboarding, dance, geography, horseback riding… I think you’ll agree that we are a very interesting crew.
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We have been living and learning together for over a month, but this is our first blog post on our class blog. Here we are!
Sunglasses on or off–what do you seen in your future?
You might look years ahead to a career you’re thinking of, to travelling you wish to do, or the place you hope to live. Perhaps you have plans for future learning–what do you want to explore? Or maybe you are think of your near future: is something coming up in the next few months that has you curious or excited? Are you in the process of creating something you hope to complete?
Please leave a comment and tell us about your future, and if you are from beyond our class, leave your blog url and we will visit you.
Just before Halloween, I presented my students with our first Destination Imagination instant challenge of the year:
Challenge: Carve a pumpkin and use it as a character in a performance.
Scenario: Your team will come up with a pumpkin design that represents a new super hero—a hero that helps people in our school community with a pressing issue.
During a DI challenge we use and develop the following core skills:
Identify and clarify problems.
Plan and manage time and responsibilities.
Explore a variety of solutions.
Analyze, synthesize, interpret, and evaluate information.
Use various media and technologies in different ways.
Share ideas and information to solve problems.
Listen carefully and respectfully to the ideas of others.
Encourage others to expand their ideas.
Use strategies, such as brainstorming, to generate ideas with the group.
Apply prior knowledge to develop new ideas.
Experiment with different solutions.
Take an active part in the challenge.
Be flexible and willing to compromise.
Share responsibility for completing the task.
Learn from other group members.
Students attacked the challenge with enthusiasm as you can see in the video below. We laughed a lot during the skits!
Huzzahnians, think back on this challenge and your group’s efforts. Describe the hero you created. Using the language of the four C’s, above, what were your strengths? Use specific examples from the challenge. What is a next step to work on to develop your skills. What suggestions do you have for me as a teacher to help you learn and grow at critical thinking, creativity, collaboration, and communication?
Blog visitors, have you ever done a DI challenge? If so tell us about it. If not, what ways do you use creativity, critical thinking, collaboration, and communication in your life and learning?
Our year is coming to an end. Not old exactly, just complete. Full of satisfying memories and great learning.
One treasured memory of the year is the writing, composing, and making a video/slideshow of our new school song. With the help of our talented music teacher, Jenn Forsland, and local (Juno Award nominated!) musician, Helen Austin, we wrote a song that we leave as a legacy to our school. We are pretty proud of it–please give it a listen. But a warning: it is a bit of an earworm: