Sunday, 12 October 2008

Right to Learn

We were doing Right to Learn and they soooooooo got it, it was great!

The girls played North, South, East and West then I suddenly started saying the instructions in Finnish. They were very confused but gradually worked out which direction was which till they completed the game. Then we talked about how they felt: "confused, disoriented, liked learning new words and they were easy to remember after a while" and how it must feel to be in a country where you couldn't speak the language, imagine if you were at school and all the teachers spoke Finnish and all the children, and even the food was labelled in Finnish. There's a German family in the school for a year and all three boys have no English (including one having his first taste of school, it must be doubly hard for him) and the girls really clicked that this must be what it is like for those boys.

Then they made a learning ladder, which was a ladder with 9 rungs on a sheet of paper, and they started on the bottom rung with something they were learning now, like how to cartwheel or how to play an instrument and worked up and up with things they want to learn in the future and ended up with things they would like to learn years in the future like driving or parascending!

Then we played a game where you pass pens crossed over to each other and state: "I pass these pens crossed and that is right" but whether it is right or not actually depends on whether your ankles are crossed not the pens. We went round the circle twice and the second time about 3/5 of the girls had worked it out, so then we talked about how it felt to have worked out the rules "excited, wanted to show I understood" and how it felt to have not worked it out when others had started to "I hated being left behind, it didn't matter when no-one got it but once they did I felt stupid".

So then we talked about girls in other countries not always having access to education and the reasons for that and how that means they get left behind and the girls even worked out that it was important for everyone to be educated, not just the individual. They related that to the learning ladder because none of them had put that they wanted to be a doctor (lots of teachers, writers, vets and other professions, just no medics) but they realised doctors were important so they understood that meant others needed to be educated not just them.

Finally, they made cards for people who had helped them to learn a skill, with a slip inside for the recipient to say how the card made them feel and the girls have to return the slip to complete the badge.

They really "got it" with this badge, I was very proud of them.


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