In Grade 3 at Southbank we are also doing an inquiry into Who We Are, but with quite a different spin on it to ISM. We are looking at the choices people make that affect our health and well being.
First of all, we need to discover the choices we are responsible for. Why do we make those choices and why can’t we make all of them? What would we do differently, and if we did make different choices what effect would that have on our lives???
We have spent this last week looking at the Learner Profile, and from that deciding what we want our classroom to look like, sound like and feel like as we write our essential agreements. Instead of me giving the children a definition of the learner profile traits, instead I have asked them to brainstorm together what each of them means. This has mostly been amazing, as it meant the children get a better understanding and take more ownership of their learning and behaviour as we reflect on the learner profile. The problem I am finding is that it can take so long to go through the process of brainstorming that the kids get bored and then it is counter-productive. I really want to continue with this as we establish class routines and expectations, but I feel like I need a better way to get there.