Incorporating the 4Cs (Collaboration, Critical thinking, Communication and Creativity) in learning does sound fancy and interesting but making the children work together is a challenge. I recently observed a BeeCreative class for the students of Grade 6 at Kaasthamandap Vidyalaya. The students were divided into teams of 4 and had to come up with their own games using only paper cups. Later, using a rubber band tied to four strings, they had to build a tower without directly touching the cups and the rubberband.
On Saturday, 2nd September 2017, students of grade 7, 8 and 9 from John Dewey School came to Karkhana at 10:30 in the morning.
After a brief introduction with the Storytelling Team, the students were split into two groups and taken for Karkhana Tours. Not only did they look around at our working spaces, but also asked a lot of questions regarding how Karkhana operates and how contents are designed and taken to schools. It was also really interesting to see the students analyze our working place in terms of its design and architecture. Having experienced a devastating earthquake two years ago, it was quite obvious for them to be concerned about what Karkhana had to go through during that phase. After a brief tour, the students moved to the Mural Room for their cluster-end preparation class where they worked in teams for certain projects and also prepared for the paper presentations. Read more
Students of grade 6 and 7 from five competing schools had participated to create a Nepali Superhuman in the Design Challenge.
Introduction: Why Design Challenge?
- Platform for engaging students in thinking, creating and applying new ideas and concepts
- Letting students think of ideas and create a collaborative environment for them to work in
- Making and designing prototypes relating to a certain topic or idea
- Creating real life scenarios for students to come up with creative, critical approaches
- Moulding students to develop a critical, creative and collaborative perspective
- Implanting and developing concepts of 4C’s (creativity, collaboration, critical thinking, communication) in young minds
Our classes at Matribhumi runs every Friday. Grades 5-6 and 7-8 have their turns on alternate Fridays. We take 40 minutes class content for each grade. Suresh conducts classes for grades 7 and 8. Similarly, I along with Samir engage grades 5 and 6.
Students are very excited and it takes quite sometime to channel their energy into a fun learning experience more than just fun. Yes! our classes are different than their regular classes and their expectation is fun. Fun: Why not? we can have fun while learning too. And that’s what we are trying to help them understand. We create an environment where they try out new activities and explore “interesting concepts”on their own, discuss those concepts in groups and present their understanding by developing stories based on facts, experiences and imaginations. Read more
The children enjoyed playing with the vehicle models they had built themselves. The bright faces of the students reflected their confidence with the subject matter. With enthusiasm and excitement, the room was bursting with energy. But it didn’t start out the same way. Just an hour earlier, these same children had been staring at the string and pencil, figuring out how the combination worked in making circles. The freedom for exploration and the absence of instructions meant most of them had to work through a number of failures. Some get it right the first time while others take their time in making things work. This is a normal energy flow sequence during an experiential class at schools.