We know our students learn in many different ways: visual, auditory, tactile, kinesthetic, and social. Hands-on learning engagements obviously engage kids who are tactile or kinesthetic learners, who need movement to learn best. They also engage students who are auditory learners, who talk about what they're doing, and visual learners, who have the opportunity to see what everyone else is creating. For social learners, the time spent in small group conversation will strengthen their knowledge.
Teaching and learning using “objects” is an exciting and effective pedagogical technique that enriches the learning experience of people of all ages. The use of artefacts in the teaching of history and science powerfully engages learners because the objects themselves “carry stories” of real people and make the abstract past tangible and current. Objects can be used to stimulate curiosity, deepen understandings, improve retention of knowledge, unlock the imagination, promote social learning and evoke memories from young and old alike.
In Year 4, students have been asked to act as a geologist and fossick in their natural habitat for rocks to bring to the classroom for further study as part of their inquiry "Earth’s surface changes as a result of natural processes and human activity”. Our key inquiry question for Line of inquiry one is “How does a rock tell a story?” Using the objects brought in from home the students will perform a series of scientific investigations to determine the classification of their rock. Excitement is building as the object becomes the teacher, and the object is the “hook” for hands on minds on learning.
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