Ashley Nixon- Connect Charter School Board Member.
|Tessellation shown in this pavement|
mosaic from Rio de Janiero, Brazil.
The tour began with an iPad training session in the library led by some young experts from Grade 6. I came away knowing more about how to pull similar apps together and grab images from the web. Geometry was under exploration in Grade 5, where I saw students shaping their own learning through turning, translating, even tessellating objects.
Connect is a school where all students are issued with either an iPad or Apple laptop, so I was surprised (and delighted!) to see hand-writing being cultivated. Members of a Grade 5 class were writing up their journals as characters from The City of Ember by Jeanne DuPrau in this way as it best reflected the technology in the book (readers, or viewers of the film of the book, may recall how young people are issued jobs by ballot and go about learning their new trades in an underground city).
|Capoeira experience for Grade 9 students.|
Teaching and learning is 3-D at Connect Charter School: corridors count as classrooms. Along my way, I dropped into a conversation with some Grade 4 students. We talked about where coal is found and where electricity comes from before moving on to the music room. A drummer and two sax players were hitting a groove with their teacher (on piano & sax) around The Beatles "Hey Jude". Around the corner we caught another rhythm, this time more Afro-Latin…the sound of a berimbau. The Grade 9's were in the gym to experience Capoeira, active street culture from Brazil that brings together martial arts with dance.
|Sky Science in Grade 6|
Many other examples of the best application of inquiry based learning were on view around the walls. I had a few moments to take in Pumpkin Maths (what is the relationship between fruit size and number of seeds?) before going through a personal learning strategy that Victoria had on her laptop and, more important, was actually using!