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  1. r u MAD?andGagebrook Primary School2006-2008

  2. 2006………One man, one class, one heck of a steep learning curve!!!!

  3. 2007 A team of two leading two combined classes. Students choose to explore the global problem of land mines and their victims.

  4. 2008 A whole school approach….. 9 teachers, 9 classes, 1 coordinator. Support from senior staff and Tas Centre for Global Learning. 1 day a week dedicated to r u MAD?

  5. But why do we do it?

  6. “At school the teacher is up front telling you where to put commas, so you zone out, talk to your friend next to you, lean back in your chair, write some bull crap, and draw pictures on the back.” (School student’s comment about traditional class work)

  7. Modern cognitive scientists have demonstrated the importance of combining hands-on learning with more conventional approaches. • Howard Gardner’s research shows that humans have many different types of ‘intelligences’ – eight in all. • The eight he proposes are:

  8. Linguistic (word smart) • Logical-quantitative (number/reasoning smart) • Spatial (picture smart) • Musical (music smart) • Bodily-Kinaesthetic (body smart) • Interpersonal (people smart) • Intrapersonal (self smart) • Naturalistic (nature smart) (Gardner 1999)

  9. So let’s look at a few examples of how Gardner’s intelligences have been used with r u MAD?

  10. Linguistic (word smart)

  11. Logical/quantitative (number smart)

  12. Spatial (picture smart)

  13. Musical (music smart)

  14. Bodily/kinaesthetic (body smart)

  15. Interpersonal (people smart)

  16. Intrapersonal (self smart)

  17. Naturalistic (nature smart)

  18. In his book The Hand, neurologist Frank Wilson traces the evolution of the hand and its influence on culture and learning. He argues that schools make a critical error by sequestering students in the classrooms where knowledge is separated from doing. (Frank Wilson)

  19. By running the r u MAD? program we provide opportunities for students to combine classroom activities with related hands on activities in the broader community. • It takes the ‘ho hum’ out of teaching and learning.

  20. A few examples of how r u MAD? is conducted outside of the classroom and into the wider community.

  21. Student’s studying recycling and reusing at Glenorchy Tip

  22. Students examining water drains in Gagebrook.

  23. Students at Bonorong Park

  24. Students at r u MAD? YAC

  25. Students at Risdon Brook Dam

  26. Students at Hobart Water Treatment Plant

  27. This might all sound pretty good………but remember that as teachers we have a responsibility to provide learning opportunities from the Tasmanian Curriculum………..as well as assessment.

  28. Many teachers would be surprised at the amount of assessable curriculum work that they and their students are doing…….. ……….so let’s have a look at some examples………

  29. Science as a body of knowledge/Living things

  30. Scientific communication

  31. The Arts/Visual art…..Society and History/Interactions with the environment

  32. Literacy/Speaking & Listening….Science/Scientific communication

  33. Mathematics-Numeracy/Space

  34. Literacy/Writing & Representing

  35. Science/Living things

  36. Science/Living things

  37. Literacy/Speaking & Listening

  38. Mathematics-Numeracy/Space

  39. Health & Wellbeing/Physical health…Science/Living things

  40. Literacy/Writing & Representing

  41. The Arts/Visual art

  42. Literacy/Writing & Representing

  43. Literacy/Writing & Representing

  44. Society & History/Interactions with the environment

  45. Literacy/Speaking & Listening

  46. Mathematics-Numeracy/Space

  47. Science/Scientific inquiry

  48. Science/Scientific inquiry

  49. You remember this student quote………. “At school the teacher is up front telling you where to put commas, so you zone out, talk to your friend next to you, lean back in your chair, write some bull crap, and draw pictures on the back.” What do they think about r u MAD??????

  50. “I like r u MAD? because it’s not work.” • “I can’t always remember what we do in class, but I can remember our r u MAD? three years ago.” • “It’s fun because we get to do stuff that we like.” • “I think r u MAD? is important because we do things to help our community.”