Year 9 has been learning about what makes living things alive, animal diets and adaptations that help living things survive.
I have simultaneously been using the time to see how students learn during the Manaiakalani 'Learn,' which is a little passive but sometimes necessary to get content across. Students have listened, done research, watched videos, talked to each other, completed quizzes, played games, and commented on their learning. They have been keeping track of this in their Google Doc as a kind of learning log.
However, students were getting a little bored with this. One brave student offered some quiet feedback to me and said there was "too much to learn" and we had been doing "too much writing," so we thought it would be a good idea to have a break from new content and 'Create' something that showed off how much they understood. Each student picked their favourite Mammal and set about creating a profile for them.
We had some spectacular work produced. We let students choose what media they wanted to use to create... here is a freehand poster about Cats.
Most other students chose to use Google Presentations and two students chose to use Wix to create their own websites!
Click the Garfield poster to be taken to all four great examples of student work, or click here to see a student-made site about lions, or here to learn about pandas from my class!
Maybe I should try animation with this class of superstars one day soon...