Our aim as a school was to consider questions we could use to encourage the pupils to think about and discuss what they were learning, as opposed what they were doing. As a new (opened in September 2013) and growing (currently 68 pupils but predicted to have 630 by 2021) school we have discussed the concept of the journey of development we are on and often to talk to the children about their learning journey.
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Most of our children have some experience of packing for, going on and unpacking after a journey. I particularly like the concept of ‘unpacking’ the learning from the activity with the pupils.
Following a fantastic day’s training on Growth Mindset with Barry Hymer and seeing an example of a 3 course menu of questions, I created a draft version of “Learning Journey Prompts” for us to use with our pupils. Staff have been keen and supportive, moving the initial idea forwards in lots of ways. These include redesigning a ‘Kebab Lesson plan’ to include specific questions at specific points, and creating small laminated cards with questions that can hang from our lanyards for easy access. Staff have also been involved in rewording some of the questions to make sure they are more appropriate for the age group.
PACKING for a Learning Journey
What are we going to learn today? What interests you? Why is it important? What skills do you have that might be helpful? Have you learnt anything similar before? What might be a challenge for you? What questions might you ask? What might you need to help you today?
GOING ON a Learning Journey
What have you been thinking about? How does this link to what you have learnt before? How do you feel? What success have you had? How do you know? What challenges / barriers have you found? How might you check your work? What questions might you ask? What strategies / advice have you used? How have you been involved? How have you worked with others? What choices have you made? What are you going to do differently now? What should you do to develop your learning / further your thinking? What do you want to find out more about?
UNPACKING from a Learning Journey
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Tim @tim_jumpclarke is headteacher of @cornerstonecofe. He is fascinated by teaching & learning and is a keen networker who is driven by needs of the learners.