I had absolutely no idea that I would be doing this this year. None whatsoever. It was sparked from a bunch of wooden theatre swords that the students were just messing around with which drove me nuts. “If we are going to play with swords, we are going to do it right darn it!” I I bellowed.
So, I called a meeting to see who would be interested in choreographing some stage combat. I did not realize that it would turn into what you just watched above. But holy cow, I am sure happy it did. This is what emergent curriculum looks like.
We went through a 4 month rehearsal and production process.
In terms of thinking in old school courses, the students covered: English, Digital Media, Film, Info Tech, PE and Dance Choreography. Pretty good interdisciplinary inquiry. However, at PSII, we are trying so hard to get away from organizing things in courses. We would rather like to organize around competencies. The students hit these making this film: Media and Info Literacy, Collaboration and Leadership, Critical and Creative Thinking, Cultural Awareness and Understanding, Personal Responsibility and Planning. We believe these are greater forms for assessment.
Adding on to all of that is the unparalelled experience of seeing a labour intensive, lengthy process through to an end. It is not about handing in assignments that only a teacher will see. It is about making valuable work to share with the world.
But even beyond all of that, the most important aspect of education is to light the fire. I mean, isn’t that what it is all about? These learners are fully engaged, doing deep research and experimenting with numerous creative avenues. These are the skills that every innovative organization wants to see.