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ERIC Number: EJ868709
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009
Pages: 2
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0013-1253
Glendale Students Know What Learning Looks like
Education Canada, v49 n5 spec iss p10-11 2009
At Glendale School in the Calgary Board of Education, Grade 1 students worried that they were too distracted with their studies and other activities to remember to water their plant. So they made other arrangements. The students invented and built Ralph, a robot that waters the plant, as part of their study of robotics, a subject that all Glendale students address each year in their inquiry-based curriculum. When in their robotics mode, students spend long periods of sustained, uninterrupted classes--usually three weeks of three classes per week--designing, planning, constructing, testing, and reporting on a device that responds to a real-life need. Rather than absorbing volumes of predigested information, much of it distant from their own experience, Glendale students are learning how to learn. This is part of the school's ethos, Ms. Susan Marinucci, who joined Glendale ten years ago as a teacher, explains, and teachers and students explore and learn together.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Education; Grade 1
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: Canada