Applying School Lessons to Real Life
In a busy school with a complex curriculum, the ongoing challenge is to ensure that the students understand that everything that they learn is important. In addition to this, we try to teach our students how to apply what they learn in school, to real-life. One way to both find such efficiencies and deepen our students learning is by engaging in cross-curricular teaching and learning. We celebrate Black History Month each February, and instead of simply making posters and morning announcements, we have encouraged our students to highlight the achievements of African-Americans (and Canadians). Students use technology and other skills that they have learned at school to do this.
This year, our Grade 3 classes put their engineering skills to the test by designing a pop-up stage (see below) and by using videos linked through QR Codes to share their Black History Month stories. You can scan the codes below (using a QR-enabled smartphone camera or a QR-scanning app) to see some examples of the students’ work. Through one project, the students have learned about history, inclusion, and public speaking. In addition to this, students used two key components of STEM: Engineering and Technology.