This helped student e-portfolios to become truly transdisciplinary as they
reflected upon how they learned each of their chosen skills, as well as how
they have applied those skills, and the knowledge and skills they learned
during Art, Maker Space Time, PE, Drama, Music class and so forth. It also
cemented for students the idea that their learning power is ‘portable’ and
can be applied in all areas of their learning lives.
Moving Towards Independence
As the year progressed, the students become increasingly adept at
independently choosing which learning skill to practice during lessons by
considering what skills in their toolbox and how those skills might be used
for the learning task at hand. We noticed that children were increasingly
selecting, practicing and reflecting on different skills during the same lessons.
In effect students were personalizing their own learning experiences.
Trialling Split Screening and The Curiosity Project
I recently read Scot Hoffman’s book Curiosity Projects (Hoffman, 2015) and
I started to consider how to make these inquiries into learning skills more
individualized, through applying the split screen method to the student’s
Curiosity Projects. The Curiosity Project seemed the perfect place to do this
as it is already individualized. As I considered this idea, it was tempting to try
to refine and perfect it before beginning but I realised that only during the
process of implementation would I be able to truly identify and explore the
areas of strength and areas for improvement. Although it can be challenging
to work more responsively, it is exciting to explore the possibilities in
collaboration with the students taking their reflections, thoughts and
opinions into consideration as we progress this idea.
During Curiosity Projects, students select the topic they wish to inquire into.
To increase the focus on how students learn during these projects, I have
asked students to also choose one or two learning skills they think they
would need to use in order to complete the project. Just as different whole
class inquiries lend themselves to certain skills, so too do certain curiosity
projects. It is my vision that as the children move through the Curiosity