It was delightful to have Sugata visit recently even though his planned visit had been cut short because he had to fly to Argentina to speak with the government about his SOLEs work.
Aycliffe to Argentina all in a day!
We had two primary schools visit that day – Byerley Park Primary and Etherley Lane Primary.
Byerley Park met Sugata. They were a class of 10 year olds who have been carrying out Self Organised Learning for over 9 months. They are brilliant!
Sugata gave them a real challenge and asked an A Level Humanities question….!
That is a very BIG question.
You could see it was a big question on some of their faces!
Look at this wonderful photo that Sarah Cossom from Newastle Uni captured.
The group nominated “professor Harrison” to be the class rep and to help organise things if needed. He decided how the groups would give feedback at the end of the session and selected one person from each group to share their findings.
Some of the findings were fantastic. They really helped me understand the issues the question posed.
“Wealth is controlled by the top and sometimes wealth can be used for their own good and not for the health of a nation or the greater good. GDP stand for Gross Domestic Product and there is a forumla that countries use to work it out. Some countries are poor and people are unhappy but people in richer countries can be unhappy too. It is unequal and even in rich countries but they still use GDP anyway.”
The group were asked what they think of Self Organised Learning and how it works for them.
“teachers don’t decide for you”, “you can change groups any time”, “You can get different ideas from others”, “you can walk around and see other peoples answers”, “it’s all about trust”
What is bad about a SOLE?
“if you are stuck you can’t ask the teacher but then you just get your heads together”
“sometimes you pick the wrong group but a group of 3/4 works really well”
It was a great session and their new teacher seemed very encouraged by the Self Organised Learning.
It was really nice to have some younger ones from Etherley Lane in the afternoon work with me and explore the question ‘why is the River Nile so important?’
They were beginning the topic of Egypt and their brave and bold teacher and head teacher are really keen to use SOLEs in their school.
Looking forward to going to their school soon and seeing what other big questions they are getting their teeth into because the children gave me so many big question ideas before they left, we could be busy till at least next year just answering those great suggestions alone.
Well done everyone.