Post written by AC first grade teacher Kasandra Stark
Last year, first graders tested out a new style of educational thought: Why not support students while they tap into their own wonder and big questions and use technology and each other to answer these big questions? We tested Sugata Mitra’s educational design of a Self Organized Learning Environment (SOLE) where students did just this (http://www.ted.com/pages/prizewinner_sugata_mitra). It was very successful and the students had a lot of fun learning.
Earlier this year, I was approached by Ana Santos who works for Mr. Mitre. She is working with a team to design a web-based page where children can explore their SOLE’s. This toolkit is being designed using feedback from teachers, students, and specialists from around the world, including our very own first graders here at AC.
We had a chance to test out the toolkit using the question: What is the biggest threat to our oceans right now? Students managed their own groups, researched this topic, and were able to present their ideas regarding the worst threats including overfishing, pollution, and whaling. It is remarkable what 5, 6, and 7 year-olds are able to do using a computer and each other. We were able to send Ana some great feedback and are going to continue to work with her to develop this toolkit. Hopefully we can weave SOLE’s into our everyday curriculum during part of our day, letting the kids be the teachers, students, and organizers of their own learning.
Posted in: First Grade, Highlights, Lower School
Posted in: Lower School