Dear Prep 3.1 Parents,
If you had the chance to read last week’s blog post and aren’t yet familiar with inquiry-based learning, it is a possibility that many of you might have wondered why did we used a query that stemmed from a particular student – Mia: why do children bleed when they hurt themselves? – to provoke further inquiry about Who We are. Well, as Reggio Emilia pedagogista (pedagogue) Carlina Rinaldi explains: ‘When children are working together, each is developing her own process by learning from the processes of the others’; this statement couldn’t be far from the truth!
This week our class students were fascinated to find a new learning space that ‘fitted’ well with our latest class investigations, and which allowed them to further co-construct learning together by identifying the purpose of this new space and the roles that doctors and nurses have in our society. The essential question that was used to gage students current understanding of Who We Are was: What is our body made of?
Unsurprisingly students’ responses were a clear testament to their thinking abilities, as they offered their own interpretations, constructed explanations and expanded their understanding by listening to other students’ perspectives.
WHAT IS OUR BODY MADE OF?
Molly: Blood and a brain.
Bella Lhamo: A neck.
Isabel: Rainbow colours [referring to skin]
Mia: If you don’t have a heart you die.
Molly: Yeah and if you have tight hairbands around your body your blood won’t swirl.
Sarah: Your heart goes bump, bump!
This conversation about our bodies prompted Bella Lhamo to question ‘why do we have a tummy?’ and Djasmin was quick to respond that ‘we use our mouths for eating and then [the food] it goes to your stomach (new word presented by Djasmin). So once more, the students were leading the learning inquiry; students comments were expressive and telling and new lines of inquiry were open! The reality is that in our class teachers pride themselves in facilitating our youngest learners to learn how to think by promoting agency, choice and voice amongst our classroom community!
From myself and Ms. Joana,
Have a peaceful holiday break and don’t forget to email your holiday snaps when we resume to school on the 23rd of October!