Archive - October 2017

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Celebrating Unity & Diversity
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What does Design Thinking look like in Kindergarten?
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Grade 3 Student Post

Celebrating Unity & Diversity

What are the best ways to create peace, unity and diversity in the world? – Mola

How do we convince people in the world to be more loving? – Rose

What does it take to get different people and cultures together to live in peace? 

How can we bring different cultures together to promote peace? – Notch

Can rules and systems help people to be united? – Archi

How can people stop fighting?  – JJ

How can we as students show peace and unity at school? – Tann

Does showing tolerance to others bring peace? – Rose

These are some of our wondering questions we had within our Grade 4-5 class community when we explored the meaning of unity and diversity this week. Our wonderings were then extended to developing our personal reflection on ‘What does peace, unity and diversity look like and feel like at home and at school?’.

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Tann:

It looks like staying in groups together. It feels like being caring to one another. We also will say nice things about each other. There will be no fighting. At home, I help my mom to do house chores and this makes a happy home.

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JJ:

At home, I enjoy having fun with my dad and mom, like making airplanes and cars. It also looks like being responsible. At school, unity looks like working together to do projects. And playing together when it is playground time.

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Nene:

It looks like having different people from all ages together at school and friendships are made to help to care for each other. It feels like working and playing together. It feels like more people accomplishing goals and everybody will get what they aim for. At home, it looks and feels like showing empathy with your family members.

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Rose:

It feels like having different individuals valuing each other regardless of skin colour, intellect, talent or age. At home, it feels like having more love than hate. At school, it looks like spreading love wherever it is needed.

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Mola:

It feels like having more love and quiet time at home. I show how much I love my mom through words and actions. At school, it looks like having respect and tolerance towards friends, teachers and school staff. Family is the best thing ever.

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Archi:

At school, it feels like we are sharing our class together. It looks like we believe in kindness and honesty. Peace at home is like having no one at home fighting and arguing. It feels like showing responsibility as a good son.

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Notch:

It looks like having students from different countries learning together. We also learn to cooperate and solve problems together. Another exciting thing to do is to make presentations at school. It feels like having support from our families every day at home. We also have diversity in our belief systems and all of these give us good family values.

What does Design Thinking look like in Kindergarten?

What is Design Thinking?

Design Thinking is a methodology used by designers to solve complex problems, and find desirable solutions for clients. A design mindset is not problem-focused, it’s solution focused and action oriented towards creating a preferred future. Design Thinking draws upon logic, imagination, intuition, and systemic reasoning, to explore possibilities of what could be—and to create desired outcomes that benefit the end user.

Design Thinking in Kindergarten

In Excellence, we just wrapped up our unit on Who We Are. Our main focus involved inquiring into ourselves and also, our peers. For our culminating unit activity,  students were paired up with a partner and were given the challenge of getting to know them better. Students interviewed their partner(s) to find out what they liked, disliked, and what their abilities were. As students collected details about their partner and sorted out their information, we began the “Empathize” phase of the Design Thinking process:

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