Based on assessment data from a prior lesson– and finding students were more successful than we expected, we decided rather than further working on what students already understood, to instead take the learner to a deeper and more personal level.
Each student in this grade 3 learning community, designed their metaphors for their learning – by using class generated examples that both were and were not meaningful to them. (e.g. “In my Learning, I am a Skydiver… because I take risks in my learning”).
I care deeply about philosophy in teaching, and when students can practice it – it is magical, by virtue of the revelations they arrive at in their metacognitive thinking.