Luk Arts, my organisation, has been working on innovative ways to teach and learn for the past 3 years. We have traveled, locally and internationally, gone to conferences and collaborated in order to keep our methods unique and up to date. The most recent collaboration was so exciting I thought I would share it with everybody….
So there is this guy, Wandile:
And he designed this game, Map Blitz:
After meeting with him we decided to see if we could do a collaboration between Map Blitz, a geographical game, and Luk Arts, who specialize in Mathematics and English. The lesson went a little like this
- Learners played the game 3 times. The first two times they were trying to beat the 3 minute challenge. The third time they were building until completion.
- After each round we would have a discussion. The first was about ease/difficulty. The second was about sharing strategies of how to complete the puzzle quickly and the final discussion was about what was learned and the experience.
- Then the group chose four countries that they did not know. We settled on Guinea-Bissao, Togo, Ivory Coast and Djibouti
- We assigned two students to a country and they had to use the devices provided to research and answer the following questions:
- The size of the country
- The population
- male vs female
- age ranges ( <18, 18-35, 35+)
- Each group presented their findings and we worked though conversions, place holders (thousands, tens of thousands.etc), percentages estimates.
- After this we decided on two sets of data, size of country and population. They were then divided into two groups (one person from each country pair in each group) and they were asked to represent one of the sets in any way they wanted to.
- The two groups then presented their findings and we discussed types of graphs, accuracy, purpose of graphs, details of graphs. etc
- As homework the learners were asked to write a 500 word informative piece on anything they learned during the session. We discussed the options they have to present including but not limited to brochure, article, pamphlet, essay.
Though the Geography, English and Maths is obvious in the above lesson. There are a lot of underlying lessons and skills that were learnt through this process.
- Competition is always good and can be managed by a peer learning session after each task
- Patience and flexibility is needed when attempting to cover a number of topics across a variety of subjects
- Learners will always find a way to complete tasks if you give them the room and time to be innovative
- Allowing learners to take the lead also gives you an opportunity to learn
- Students learn well from each other. Give them the chance to
I hope this has given you a clearer understanding of what Luk Arts does. For more info visit our website or follow us on social media: