Dear ES and MS Parents,
Yesterday, Project X started (for students in grades 3-8) with 3 days of experiences related to our Project X theme: TIME. Project X is an opportunity for students and teachers to focus on the elements of research and inquiry so that student gain an embedded understanding of what makes a good inquiry question and how to go about research it.
The experiences, designed to increase their understanding of time, included:
- Dance (Rhythm in TIME)
- Maker Space (Measuring TIME)
- Minute to Win it (Beating/Racing TIME)
- Mindfulness (Take you TIME: Slow down)
- Time lapse (Take you TIME: Slow down)
- Outside aXion (Stay in TIME)
- Drumming circle (Stay in TIME)
- TED talks (Literature, Education and Entertainment)
- Once Upon a Time (Literature, Education and Entertainment)
More specifically, students may have participated in several of the following explorations: walked as a team using team-skis; jumped rope; created a team dance; performed in drum circle; listened to TED talks about the origin of space and time; used cogs and gears to explore how clocks work; read historical fiction and picture books; made and tested an hourglass; learnt about mindfulness and meditation; completed team-building and cooperation challenges; taken time lapse photos; made and tested a sundial; used iPads to explore freeze-frame videography; raced the clock to perform a “one-minute challenge”.
Expanding the understanding of the TIME concept is the first step in our Project X learning path. Our learning continues with brainstorming and ideation, topic selection and specific instruction in how to form a good inquiry question and how to plan for successful research. We will keep you updated each step of the way.
Good questions to ask your child:
- Tell me how the Project X experience relates to TIME
- How were (experience) and (experience) similar/different
The Project X Team