Sunday, 11 January 2015

January DI

This month, the Grades 4-6 students' DI Challenge was to create a Picture. One of the parameters were that the picture had to be recognizable. The materials the students had were small squares of coloured paper - purple, yellow, green and blue. They had 5 minutes to talk in their group and plan the picture, then 15 minutes to create the picture. While creating/mounting their picture, they could not talk or make any noise. It didn't take them long to figure out that they could communicate through some kind of sign language or by writing to each other.
The teams of 4 worked very effectively together and produced some amazing pictures. This time, the groups were asked to assess their performance by answering questions using a rating scale. This process engages the students in a reflective practice, with the intention that they learn from their reflections in order to improve the next time. Many of our students are beginning to develop an understanding of the successes associated with working together towards a common goal and synthesizing their ideas resulting in a much more creative end.

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