What a perfect opportunity to spark some interest in our upcoming unit on Electricity and Magnetism than by embarking on a field trip to the Science Centre and letting the students explore concepts that they will be exposed to in the upcoming weeks.
Students worked in groups on a Scavenger Hunt to explore a variety of elements of ideas related to electricity and magnetism. Observing the students participate in this hunt, I was struck by how many different perspectives students can have about the same concept.
Watching the students explore and choose the activities that were must most drawn to was both telling and eye opening. Watching one of my students, who usually resists engaging in many of the activities at school, spend a good hour on the stop motion movie-making was really exciting. It truly put a new perspective on personalization of learning.
I was struck with the “aha” of why I teach many times throughout the day, not least of which was watching my students interact with one another in caring ways helped ease the fatigue one feels this time of year.
Natasha Barrie – Teacher at Captain John Palliser. Loves her family, nature, fitness, yoga and weekend get-a-ways.