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SRIS Launches Extended Classroom Project

November, 2012
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sris-extended-classroomStudents at Shanghai Rego International School (SRIS) have been working outside of the box and learning in the foyer of Rego – a large and busy place that would otherwise just be there to look at. The students have been encouraged to extend the classroom environment in language, creative storytelling and writing and creative arts.

Focus 1 in October was the development of skills using watercolor and understanding Chinese watercolor techniques. The students used lunchtimes and after school clubs as well as their normal classroom art periods to develop new skills and awareness of the beauty of watercolor in Chinese culture and art.

One of the project objectives was to prepare work that can be displayed on the foyer walls and also for the school calendar in order to provide a fresh approach to school calendar designs. The project was developed jointly by the Marketing Department and teachers, providing students with another perspective of how their paintings can be used in a commercial and creative medium.

Focus 2 in October was the development of English language skills for Year 1 students – all of them were encouraged to search, find and explore the activity centre workstations in the foyer. These include signs to denote size, shape and quantity, tubs full of interesting items related to the alphabet and of course becoming an alphabet person in pursuit of things that begin with their alphabet character.

The photographs show the development of the project and the enormous joy in learning through activity, sharing and fun. The extended classroom creates new learning adventures and shared and individual learning for life.

"Learning would be exceedingly laborious, not to mention hazardous, if people had to rely solely on the effects of their own actions to inform them what to do. Fortunately, most human behavior is learned observationally through modeling: from observing others one forms an idea of how new behaviors are performed, and on later occasions this coded information serves as a guide for action."

 

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