Dear Mums & Dads,
Over the past two weeks, 3A has been engaged in thinking about how they respond to challenges, as part of their first unit of inquiry under the ‘Who We Are’ Transdisciplinary Theme.
The children were first invited to think about the challenges they face. They were each given Post-It notes to write on. The class then played ‘SNAP’ (someone shares an idea and if you have a similar one, you call out SNAP). This way we started forming groups of ideas and identifying commonalities between us. This learning engagement was also an opportunity to promote open-mindedness (the children had to evaluate a range of points of perspective while showing sensitivity and appreciation for others’ experiences) and risk-taking (in showing vulnerability and sharing weaknesses/difficulties with the rest of the class). We now have these challenges displayed in the classroom. The idea is for us to review our list as the unit progresses and see if we can, in our own words, name and identify different types of challenges.
Stations were also engineered to get 3A to think about how they respond and react when facing obstacles. The children in groups had the opportunities to take part in challenges, designed to both stimulate and meet a variety of interests and abilities while challenging them.
Recreate the sketch of Hong Kong.
Read an article in Spanish and take a quiz.
Use connecting blocks to make a 3×3 cube.
Read about Newton’s First Law of Motion and explain what you have learned to a buddy.
Complete the following workout: 1 minute plank, 35 sit-ups, 25 jumping jacks, 15 lunches each leg and carry a container of water to the 9th floor and back.
Throughout these challenges, the children were invited to record their thoughts and feelings, which were then collated on the whiteboard. This led to a class discussion about our responses and differences in perspective. Thoughts and feelings were then sorted out into two groups: the ‘Keep trying, never give up’ and the ‘I can’t do it’ attitude. This is at this stage that the concept of growth and fixed mindset was introduced to the class by Ms. B.
Tomorrow and next week, the children are going to inquire more into the concept of growth mindset.
Dear Mums & Dads, if you would like to contribute to our inquiry, we would love to welcome you into the classroom and have you tell us about challenges you might have faced, how you responded to these and the strategies you used to overcome them.
To read the unit overview, please go the top bar and click on Programme Overview-Who We Are.