Story title: Making a Maori Connection
Submitted by: Ryan Gallagher
High Tech High North County
DL story: I love that kids continue to surprise me. For our second project of the school year, our students investigated how furniture, housing, and infrastructure are influenced by culture. Students choose a country that they wanted to investigate and research the history and furniture of that country. One of our groups was looking at New Zealand and their indigenous Maori population. The group kept running into roadblocks trying to find a furniture representation. What impressed me was what this group did when they were stuck. They reached out to a museum curator in New Zealand on their own. The curator was able to send the kids pictures and point them to a few websites and texts that they could use in their research.
Never have I been more certain that it’s not information that we should be teaching our student but the skills they need to access and apply new information. Deeper Learning should not be about kids discovering what we already know; rather, it should be about real problems, real struggles, and real successes that our students experience.
Thinking critically, Collaborating, Self-directing learning, Believing in yourself (academic mindsets), Doing relevant, engaging work, Making things