Ngā Matapakinga | Discussion

    Angela Vermeulen
    #What is Real Learning?
    16 March
    Public discussion Created by Angela Vermeulen

    Have you ever asked your students in your class "When does learning start and stop for you?" I think if you did you might be quite shocked (or surprised) at the response.  Last night I witnessed just that with a group of year 5/6 students.  Their response was as follows.."learning starts for me at 9am and learning stops at 3pm" and "legally I can start learning at 8:30am when my dad says I am allowed on the school grounds and learning stops when I leave school".  What does this tell us as educators? What is in the minds and hearts of our tamariki about real and authentic learning? Does learning only happen at school in their minds? Do we need to be more explicit about the nature of real life learning?  When we fed back to the teachers around the students responses they were really shocked around what learning is and is not and when it occurs.  My challenge to you is to ask some students tomorrow "When does learning happen for you?" and post your replies in here.  I am excited to see any responses.  

    Thanks for sharing this Angela Grow Waitaha Roadshow sounds awesome. I've loved using the Grow Waitaha videos for the same reason - really cool to see the students talking.

    I've seen teachers ask their students the 'learning question' and then gave the learners digital cameras to capture that. When I've asked, I've got answers back like, We didn't do any work today...because

    • we did art
    • we went on a trip
    • we did sports
    • we did the school play

    ...like they didn't think these activities were learning, after all they were just fun smiley.

    - By Tessa Gray
      • Tessa Gray
        By Tessa Gray
        Mar 19

        Thanks for sharing this Angela Grow Waitaha Roadshow sounds awesome. I've loved using the Grow Waitaha videos for the same reason - really cool to see the students talking.

        I've seen teachers ask their students the 'learning question' and then gave the learners digital cameras to capture that. When I've asked, I've got answers back like, We didn't do any work today...because

        • we did art
        • we went on a trip
        • we did sports
        • we did the school play

        ...like they didn't think these activities were learning, after all they were just fun smiley.

        • Angela Vermeulen
          By Angela Vermeulen
          Mar 16

          If you are in Canterbury and wish to see this in action come to the next Grow Waitaha Roadshow and hear the hack in action.  Looking forward to hacking #reallearning with the students at Cashmere Primary. 

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