This week’s Saturday showcase features a great example of multi-grade collaboration. As reported on the TIS News Blog:
Recently the Gr. 3-1 class completed a writing project based on Wendy Ewald’s book, The Best Part of Me. The students needed to pick a body part that they felt was their best feature. Then they had to write a short piece to explain why they felt this way. This became a collaborative project as the high school multimedia students visited the Gr. 3’s to be their official photographer.
The multimedia students were given the challange to create an interesting and meaningful image of the chosen body part. Photographers were encouraged to try different camera angels, different lighting styles and get as close as possible to the subject. The results were stunning. Each Gr. 3 student had a unique photograph to help tell their own personal story. The high school students were able to show off their photography knowledge as well as demonstrate their leadership skills as they organised the photo shoot for each student.
Personally, I love it when I see students from different grades working together. This underscores the added value that comes from a K-12 school. Further, I really like the fact that the whole activity came out of a story that the class was reading. There is no art when we teach the curriculum out of a textbook or through pre-defined lessons. The real art of teaching occurs when teachers can allow ideas to emerge out of the community’s experience and develop it in a way that aligns with curriculum outcomes. Great stuff!
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