For generations it was seen to be important to memorise facts and figures, and for schools to teach this information. I remember when I was in standard 4, we were required to complete a disaster project. We could choose any disaster we wanted and I choose the sinking of the Wahine as it crossed Cook Straight. It was a beautifully presented poster with facts and figures copied from a text book. At the end of the project was I better for it? Do I still know the names and dates? Do I need to? Would I have been better off learning about and practicing how to survive and keep safe in a disaster, or learning how people react and respond in times of emergency and disaster, and finding ways to connect this to my life and world?
Our brain is the planet’s most powerful learning machine. But our traditional teaching practices often aren’t doing enough to unlock our true potential. As modern practitioners we need to be encouraging curiosity and risk taking through play and modelling ourselves as learners.
Born to Learn is the first animation in a fascinating series aimed to provide easy-access to the exciting new discoveries constantly being made about how humans learn - narrated by Damian Lewis. As a staff we are using these film clips to reflect on our own teaching and learning practices and will be sharing these on our Facebook page. We hope you enjoy learning about learning with us.