Deepening understanding through creative arts.

 

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Building on a understanding of physical and virtual worlds, grade one have been delving deeper into our role and responsibility towards these diverse environments.

Beginning again with a short visualisation, imagining a peaceful space in our minds, students were given 10 minutes to draw their peaceful space. Instructed to leave their creation with a grey crayon beside it, we then began reading the first part of the beautifully illustrated, “Varmints” by Helen Ward.

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At the point when. “…the others came.” The book was closed and the students were invited to return to their peaceful artwork and scribble all over it, destroying the beautiful colours of the park and grassland. Without prompting, they refused, becoming quite upset of the thought of destroying their work. This powerful provocation led to a discussion about our responsibility and why our essential agreements are so important.

It is impressive how when given a voice students have strong opinions and are willing to act.

As we ventured further into our virtual creations, all students were empowered to collaborate together to further enhance their park spaces built around the IB learner profile attributes, Caring and Inquirer. Working in Minecraft PE for iOS students took screen shots of different perspectives, Airdropping them to me. We sent a tweet to their homeroom teacher, choosing an image of a  wishing well, to wish her a speedy recovery

As we ventured further into our virtual creations, all students were empowered to collaborate together to further enhance their park spaces built around the IB learner profile attributes, Caring and Inquirer. Working in Minecraft PE for iOS students took screen shots of different perspectives, Airdropping them to me. We sent a tweet to their homeroom teacher, choosing an image of a wishing well, to wish her a speedy recovery.

Have a look at some of the different viewpoints form their shared virtual spaces.

We looked at the High Line in New York City as an example of redeveloping public spaces.

In Genius Hour today we shall visit grade 4 and share our virtual parks with other students inviting them explore the ‘learner profile’ spaces.

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