Do you remember when you were in Prep/Kindergarten? If it was anything like my experience, we sat in rows, recited and learned by rote. Personally, I have very few memories but there is no doubt that we learned to read and be numerate. We began our schooling with a strong sense that education was given to us: the empty vessel concept. That was the way it was then. Now consider this example of Prep children in 2011
“This term our Inquiry Learning has been about reusing products and recycling to reduce landfill. Prep S and Prep K discovered a problem at our school – we use too much paper. So we worked through a Problem Solving Strategy to decide what we could do to change the way we use paper at St. Luke’s. After much discussion and considering the pros and cons of all ideas, the Preps decided to make a video about how we can stop using too much paper. Together we wrote a script – practised our lines and made props to make our video.” Learning Together
These 6 year old Australians, presented their learning to the school at assembly inviting their school mates to follow their initiative. The video has had a number of airings, published on their class blogs, BrainPop UK site and also used by a Canadian teacher to help her class understand the recycling and re-using message. It was also shared with their QuadBlogging buddy classes in NZ, UK and USA. Of course, a lot of modelling from the teachers occurred to achieve these results from such young children, but they are not passive players in their education.
They are connected learners, making a difference that would not have been possible without today’s technologies. The networks that have been opened to them through the initiatives of their teachers are enormous and I congratulate them. They now know that they can make a difference and that they have a voice. I think I would rather be in school now ….. but wait I don’t want to be 6 again !
Picture and title idea :
http://www.flickr.com/photos/langwitches/4492877553/sizes/m/in/set-72157617682813952/ Silvia Rosenthal Tolisano