We are Communicators
This week, we began our new Unit of Inquiry, How We Organize Ourselves. Our Central idea is that Communication connects communities and individuals. We asked the students what communication means to them.
Johnny – You can explain clearly when you talk.
Henry – You should sit criss cross and not annoy others others when we have a meeting at the carpet so that you are letting other people think.
Ryu – It is whole body listening.
Ali – It means not talking over others.
Ophelia – You don’t argue because then you only use your words and you are not listening with your whole body.
As a provocation to the Unit, we played the game, Jarnga. The students had to play without speaking and so, had to use different ways to communicate. Here were some of their reflections on the experience:
Yoshna – You can show actions.
Ophelia – You don’t always use words when you communicate.
Seonyul- Talking with others (is communication).
Johnny- You can use communication without moving. You can use your facial expressions.
Ryu – Talking is one communication and you can have other communication like hand signals and writing about what you are thinking.
Thanina – You can write what you want to say if you can’t talk.
Valmik – Email (is one way to communicate).
Ali – Sometimes you can’t talk, you can always use sign language, facial expression, writing, to show what you want to say to other people.
Henry – Body language (is a type of communication).
Jingyi – You can talk on the phone.
Mary – You can send mail.
Vivian – You can move your body and tell what you want to say if you can’t talk.
Sam – Sometimes if you do something without talking, someone might think you are saying something else.
Hamish – It’s hard to communicate if you can’t talk and can’t write. Sign language is not always easy to understand.
Kane – Sometimes communication is hard because if you use your hands it is a little bit hard for people to know what you mean. Like if you put your hands together to mean read a book, other people might think that you mean, butterfly.
Alex – Sometimes communication is difficult because if you can’t talk and you just use your hands, other people will think you mean something else.
Saneyuki- Sometimes communication is difficult because if you can’t learn hand signals, it will be hard to let other people know what you want to say.
Student-Led Conferences was another opportunity to communicate our thinking and learning. After Student-Led Conferences, the children reflected on the experience. They were asked to communicate two ideas about their SLC. When we reflect, we asked the students to focus on the following: an aspect of the a Learner Profile or PYP Attitude that they demonstrate (green), a skill they practice (blue), a wondering they have (pink), or something new they found out (orange).
Ryu – I practiced a new skill: how to explain.
Thanina – I practiced showing what I know and I was brave.
Alex – I practiced my English.
Yoshna – I was a communicator because I shared my thinking.
Sam – I was a risk taker. I felt shy, but I still did it.
Kane – I was knowledgeable and it was a little bit hard to explain my work.
Henry – I was a risk taker because it was a little bit embarrassing with all the other kids’ parents in the room, but I still shared my learning.
Ali – I felt open minded because it was my first time doing this.
Ophelia – I was a thinker because I shared ideas of my own.
Seonyul – I found out that I could do it!
Mary – I felt proud that I taught my parents a lot.
Hamish – It was challenging to explain my thinking. But I did it.
Johnny – I felt that I was a risk taker, teaching my parents what I learned.
Valmik – I used the computer to help my parents find out how soccer affects your heart.
Jingyi – I practiced making a face with clay. I wonder why clay is made from.
Seonyul – I wonder how I could do better even though I did a good job.
Thank you all for sharing at the Student-Led Conferences.
The students started their own personal blogs as well this week. We are inquiring into how we can best use these blogs to share our learning and thinking. Watch this space for more on our student blogs.
Other photos from the week…
Word Work Photo Album
Community Reading Photo Album
Are We Brushing our Teeth Effectively Photo Album