Weekly Message from the Principal

Weekly Message from the Principal
17-January-20
Weekly Message from the Principal

21st Century Learning

Albert Einstein once wrote that the most important thing was not to stop questioning; curiosity has its own reason for existing.

Visiting the BT Young Scientist on Friday and talking to the Sixth Form boys who exhibited on Saturday I was astounded by the amount of work all children put into their projects and the questions that they created around their designs. For example:

  • Why is the sky blue?
  • Is there such a thing as a sweet tooth?
  • From STEM to stories.
  • The No-Wire Dryer.
  • Physics at the Fairground?

This is indeed 21st century learning – asking a question? Creating a hypothesis (an idea that needs to be tested through study). Researching your topic. Designing, creating and recording your experiment. Documenting your research. Reviewing your hypothesis on the basis of your findings. Communicating your results to other children and adults. These are the skills that all boys in the Junior school need for Second/Third and Lifelong education establishments.

A recent lecture by Sir Ken Robinson on TED talks emphasises the importance of imparting these skills in all schools. I invite all parents to watch and listen to this 20 minute talk as it is very significant in the way he views the direction of education in 21st century schools. In particular he outlines three principles in which human life flourishes –

  1. Human beings are naturally different and diverse.
  2. Curiosity is one of the most important skills to impart our children as educators we should always light the spark of curiosity in children.
  3. Finally human life is inherently creative.

Hence, thank you to Andrew and Geoff Keogh, Gavin, Marcus and Conor in Saint Mark’s Fourth Form as well as Lorenzo, James and William in Saint Mark’s Sixth Form for proving all of the three points above. Thank you to Mr. McAleer for sending on this TED talk and I invite all parents to watch the lecture below.

THOUGHT OF THE WEEK

You can't use up creativity. The more you use the more you have

Maya Angelou

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