Sunday, 16 June 2013

Grade Ones as Teachers

This past Friday, my Grade Ones became teachers to a Kindergarten class. We have been using Educreations for a few months now and grasping a good understanding of how to use it. Compared to our Kindergarten learners, my students were "digital experts".  On Friday we taught this Kindergarten class how to create a small movie about big and small objects.

My friend, Anne, approached me with the idea a few months ago when she noticed that we were posting Educreations on our blogs. Being the amazing teacher she is, she commented on each student's post and then asked me if we would be willing to share our knowledge with her class. Of course I was in - why not have Kindergartens use such a great tool to share their thinking? Watching my 22 Grade One students show and teach Anne's Kindergarten students, was inspiring. They were taking control of their own learning and sharing it with each other. We chose something simple to start, just taking pictures of big and small objects, but having them insert their pictures and record their voices independently was so exciting to see. My Grade Ones are still learning how to use it and some students needed more help than others, but they were all willing to try and teach another student. This was a huge step for my learners this year and I was so proud of them! 

As we were in the midst of this great work, Anne approached me and suggested this is something we do at the beginning of the year and continue it throughout of the year. Of course I agreed! Think of the possibilities of having young learners teach even younger learners. The possibilities are endless. I'm already looking forward to the new school year so we can start collaborating!

Do you collaborate with another class in your school? If so, how? How do you allow your learners to become teachers in your school? I'd love to hear your thoughts.

Here are just a few of the videos they created: