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There will be no fixed timetables at Thinkers.inq, but rather an intuitive listening for the rhythm of the learners’ minds and bodies. The day will move to this beat so that learners have a powerful sense of their being, becoming and belonging in the space. It is difficult to describe a sample day, however, it might look something like this:
From the start of each day there will be a special time to acknowledge children’s sense of place at Thinkers.inq within their learning family. This time will provide an opportunity for learners to reconnect with buddies and their leaders, so they can reaffirm their secure base. For learners who arrive before 8am, a portion of this time will be around a ‘breakfast table’, where learners and leaders build and strengthen relationships. If learners arrive after this time it will be as they find their leaders and friends and connect into the action.
The first activity will be to solve the ‘riddle of the day’. The riddle is a problem which will require learners to critically and creatively think, communicate and ask lots of curious questions to discover a solution or design a resolution.
Teaming with the theme is next on the agenda. Learners will begin to explore an aspect of the quarterly theme. All ideas will be welcomed and explored. This will mean adventure in thinking, doing and building relationships.
As the exploration and fun continues, tummies grumble. So at this point learners will enjoy their morning tea, as they need it or as they develop relationships with their friends and ‘togetherness’ strengthens.
During the middle of the day, learners will have opportunity to explore a range of learning experiences from creative and practical arts such as; music, dance, drama, sculpture, painting, drawing, design, singing, yoga, videoing, app smashing through to sporting activities. Each day the group will negotiate which type of thinking and learning they want to explore. The aim is for the learner to become the ‘teacher’ of the skill or to demonstrate their mastery. During this session learners will be challenged to look for another way to think, use, create, design, and make new connections around their areas of investigation.
At some point eating lunch will become crucial. As learners need to eat they will be able to eat and reflect on their learning. They will have opportunity to build relationships and explore ideas with their leaders.
During the afternoon, if learners need a rest then time and space will be offered. This time will allow learners to change the pace of their thinking; possibly explore their thinking using technology, books and resources, which can further develop their passions.
Making learning visible is so important to the development of ideas, thinking and innovation. Collaboratively, learners will take time in the afternoon to record, consider and reflect on their day. They will workshop this time with their buddies and their learning leaders. Learners will hear from their peers and leaders about how they engaged in the day.
As the day begins to wind up learners will enjoy a snack and explore games, their purpose, development and innovation. These games will be global and across platforms e.g. technology to sporting skills. Learners will develop relationship tools for negotiating skill development and interpersonal exchanges.
As learners leave for the day they will share their experiences with their caregivers. These times will be carefully prepared around the one or two things that really made a difference for them during the course of the day.
Here is a short video explaining how learning families work at Thinkers.inq.
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