I want to believe that excellent learning is taking place in the 'How we express ourselves' unit in both PE and in the classroom. I have documented this journey on my blog and the feedback that I am getting from both classroom teachers and my students has been extremely positive. However, though continued teacher reflection, I know that there are still a number of ways in which a unit such as this can be improved upon.
We are definitely moving in the right direction and the use of the 'Creative Cycle' has played a pivotal role in enhancing all of the learning experiences in which the grade 3 students are engaged in. For the visual learners , the process journals allow them to collect and record their thoughts using words, illustrations, and sentences. These process journals also allow for great differentiation, especially in regards to the ESL learners that I have in my classes. Essentially, the creative cycle is broken into 5 stages; Inspiration, Planning, Creating, Polishing, and Presenting.
I have designed the process journals in a way that allows the students to reflect and to provide feedback at each stage of the creative cycle. Not only will they record how they make their way through each stage, they will also record any problems that they've experienced at each stage and what was done to overcome these problems. I have included example student work for stages one and two in order for teachers to see the variety of responses in the journals. I will show more examples of later stages of the process journals in the upcoming weeks.