A reflection from IDEAS Project
Surprisingly, we had about 83% of the students who signed up for the IDEAS Project and the completion rate was about 86%. I did not think less of the students who did not participate or complete the project. Learning is especially emotional and tiring during this lockdown. Both of my two kids had meltdowns during the period of home learning. They were motivated kids and at dinner table, they suddenly started to cry and expressed how much they missed the school. The psychological impact was significant on children (and of course adults) and we should not underestimate the impact. We were also able to use this time for some students to catch up their work as no new assignment was added to the student's calendar during the last week of the school. It was a break for teachers to finish their marking and submit semester report card grades.
Lots of data are generated at school and we don't always have time to interpret the data to inform our decision. Looking at the projects that our students have created, I truly feel that students at my school are very curious and are motivated in their learning in a more intrinsic way. All students knew their project was not graded and yet they were engaged in conducting their own inquiry, in responding to their choice of topic. They were not just consumers of the information; they took a step further and created amazing content in their own interpretation. I felt this was what John Spencer encourage schools and educators to do, "making the shift from student engagement to student empowerment".
The importance of project management
Reflection is an essential element of any design thinking project. For each project, students were provided with a template to reflect on their project making process. If you are interested in these reflection templates to support your students, they can be located in our KIS IDEAS 2020 Trello Board.
IDEAS Project Showcase
COVID t-shirt design
Inform the Public
Stuck @ Home
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Futur Medical Facility
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