Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven – W. B. Yeats, 1865 – 1939
Had I the heavens’ embroidered cloths,
Enwrought with golden and silver light,
The blue and the dim and the dark cloths
Of night and light and the half light,
I would spread the cloths under your feet:
But I, being poor, have only my dreams;
I have spread my dreams under your feet;
Tread softly because you tread on my dreams.
(William Butler Yeats, widely considered one of the greatest poets of the English language, received the 1923 Nobel Prize for Literature. His work was greatly influenced by the heritage and politics of Ireland).
We want to start by celebrating the amazing human beings we are allowed to inspire and educate daily. Kindy you are amazing and watching you flourish day by day is the very essence of our being as teachers. On Friday we were quietly observing you sharing your classroom with family and friends. In your own unique way you crafted and created, you collaborated and communicated with confidence and care. Once again you made us aware of your aspirations and dreams. You reminded us of the carefully woven tapestry we walk on every day and we walk it with you side by side.
Thank you to all the moms, dads, grandparents, friends, brothers, sisters, caretakers, neighbours and pedagogical change makers for taking time to view a small window of opportunity in our children’s educational journey and in Kindy as a whole. This unique system belongs to all of us and we are happy to share and create as a community of learners with you.
Now let us start with background before the start of the SLC. As a team we mandated ourselves with a specific goal in mind:
“We hope as a team we can model something extraordinary, not only to others in primary, not only to parents and not only to our children, but to ourselves. We are extraordinary and we are capable to lead the change in education!”
Hence the model behind sharing learning that is organic and placid. The true art of education is to bring the theory of practice alive in real life situations, with real children for real learning. As educational constructivists we decided to work under big umbrellas themes called the Green School Skills. We carefully selected only 22 activities (due to time on the day) to sow how we leverage the children’s skills in Kindy. This in itself deserves a conference.
We then drew up a concept map and questioned ourselves through the process. It is a body of work that is in the making and most definitely not complete. Our children are ever evolving and constantly allowing us to see something new and extraordinary about their individual and group learning.
Our SLC focus was on integration and application of skills.
Be original, Be imaginative
Create a water line between A and B with materials provided from the mystery box.
Ogoh Ogoh design process (photos, examples of original ideas, actual creation). Model the inquiry cycle by pointing out the phases of the process.
Creative construction with mud, clay and natural materials.
Feel empowered and empower others. Take action. Make a difference.
TK Gopal photos story share (social impact, building community, making a difference)
Recycle project that Kindy initiated. It includes Geckos and Starlings.
Adapt and bend like bamboo.
Bahasa Indonesia. Sharing traditional stories from indonesia through puppet stories.(adapting to the culture that is important in Indonesia).
GAIA water filter making using instructions and materials list using recycled material provided from Kembali.
Dig deeper. Ask why. Make connections.
Living Non Living cards sorting into categories Aim: Early classification activities require children to classify objects using a number of different variables each with many values. The difficulty levels are then built up to look at “empty classes”, exciting to see dilemmas arising when one object can not be put in the right place.
What is next sequence story building Aim: Children are presented with with opportunity to explore possible causes with no definite answer, however the options presented requires deep critical reasoning in order to make sense. (logic/cognitive conflict)
Look within. Figure yourself out.
I am Yoga
This is me reflection with photos looking at learning that has taken place. (exciting) What would I still like to do before the end of Kndy.
Confident alone. Stronger together. Find your way.
Class art mural co create through the day.
STEAM egg challenge activity, (we have done a lot of collaboration and it is not always possible to show this on paper and it is not necessary to. Using an idea to allowing our children to speak about how they work together and overcome problems are amazing
Think in Systems
Step back and see the whole picture.
Maps Crossroads Aim: Children are asked to explore cards around the table sitting in different positions around the table. The determined to find the right card from the perspective they are sitting. This creates some cognitive conflict as it make some demand on working memory capacity to see one scene, and image what it might be on the other side of the table. (set up around the table, choose only one seat and find the correct map from where you can see).
Farm animals 1 Aim: children are required to classify objects using a number of different variables, each with many values. The difficulty levels are then built up, to look at “empty clases”. The using the prior knowledge to work with two variables at the same time by sorting all the same animals and all the same colours together at the same time (farm animal cards, sorting in things that are the same and the combining).
Process, organize and coherently express ideas.
The lost Boot activity Aim: Children have to place a set of events in order, so that they make sense. The demand on the working memory is the same pre~operational children that tend to look at just two pictures at the same time and compare future by future. Concrete operations allow them to hold in mind features from more than two pictures, and so begin to form a series.
Read ~ Letter/sound of the week table identification and draw a word/picture you know, add it to the sound column .
Sing a favorite song
Figure it out. Go for it.
Marble run Aim: Developing seretation abilities using the concept of length. (choose only 10 shoots and the marble must run independently with only a flick as a start).
Put objects in order from, shortest to longest (sticks) Aim: Children focus exclusively on length with as few distractions as possible.
Heavy to light (sand boxes) Aim: Children are able to experience cognitive conflict because weight, surprisingly, does not correspond to size.
This is student agency, this is co-creation, this is an authentic way to engage a community of learners.The team then had more ideas to share and refine: that creates an authentic learning experience. What about feedback? Giving voice and being able to receive feedback is one of the top indicators according to research that influences student learning. We decided to open up multiple layers of receiving feedback for both teachers and Kindy kids. According to research done by Professor John Hattie feedback has a positive impact of 0.75 on student learning. This is something we can do daily to improve our children’s learning, so let us make the most of it.
A Parent Pride board open to all to see and read was created to stimulate precise positive praise from parents to their kids and the experience. This initiative allowed parents to stop and reflect about what they experienced and allows a positive conference experience to be shared through the eye of others.
The team created an SLC map for parents.
The team created a Passport for each child to take ownership as they navigate through the conference. The map was linked the the Green School Skills symbols and children could match the symbols in the class with those in their passport.
One of the most amazing highlights were and still is the Positive Praise Pockets. These pockets consist of ‘shout outs’ created by a whole community that includes self reflection, peer reflection, parent reflection, teacher reflection, group reflections and taman Taman (grade 3) reflections. The positive praise feedback will be unpacked and shared with individuals to allow them the extraordinary power of making learning visible.
Learning does not stop here. We encourage parents to constantly engage in their children’s learning journey. Here are some guiding questions to ask your children.
What are you most proud of?
What would you like to learn more about?
It makes me proud to see that…
Can you tell me more about….?
I can tell that you have improved in…
What did you find challenging this term?
What have you enjoyed most this term?
What is your goal? Have you reached it? Why/why not?
How can I help you be a better leader?
Tanyakanlah hal ini kepada anak anda
Apa yang paling kamu banggakan?
Apa yang ingin kamu pelajari lebih dalam lagi?
Bapak/Ibu bangga sekali melihat kamu…
Kamu sekarang sedang mempelajari apa?
Ceritakan kepada Bapak/Ibu tentang…
Sekarang Bapak/Ibu melihat kamu jauh lebih baik dalam…
Belajar apa yang paling menantang selama ini?
Harapan apa yang inginkan selama belajar di TK? Apakah sudah tercapai? Sebutkan alasannya?
Bagaimana Bapak/Ibu bisa membantu kamu untuk menjadi pemimpin yang lebih baik?
As a community of learners we hope that you will join us as we constantly seek to value our children’s point of view. We hope you will enjoy the process with us to encourage and elaborate on their ideas and use evidence to support their opinions and learning through questioning. Together we can support learning that allows body, mind heart and soul to flourish and be content.
Reminders for the week:
Next week is book week! Watch out for our email confirming when we will be visiting the book sale so you can pop a little money in your school bag that day if you would like your child to be able to buy a book. If you would like to have a look:
When : Monday March 25th – Friday, March 29th, 8.30am to 4pm
Where : art gallery (below the library)
Vendor : Gramedia & Periplus
Books Genre : Fiction and non-fiction (English and Bahasa Indonesia)
Level : Early years to High school
Payment : Cash & card (debit or credit)
Price Range : 30k-300k Rupiahs
Term 3 ends on Friday 29th March
Term 4 starts on Monday 15th April.
School will be closed on Wednesday 17th April – General election day and Friday 19th April for Good Friday.
Love the Kindy Team