Foundations for the Future School prides itself on creating and providing a progressive learning environment for students. This environment is fostered by many things, but one collaborative learning tool is at the core of how we help our students think and learn. This tool is called a K-W-L chart.
In June, the Washington Post featured a blog on why it is such an ingenious teaching tool, simple yet indispensable in a progressive learning environment. Foundations’ classrooms regularly use K-W-L charts to enhance learning, as early as in the preschool classes, and all the way through our Elementary School program. K-W-L charts are viewed as a comprehensive educational instrument that emphasize discovery as a means of learning. Because of this, Foundations uses the charts regularly when beginning a new project or discussing a new topic with students. The children are encouraged to list what they know (K), and then what they would like to know (W). After the project or discussion is complete, the children return to the chart for review and then list what they learned (L). The discussions that emerge among peers and between students and teachers make for a collaborative educational experience, contributing to the progressive learning environment.
In the examples you see pictured here, you can see the things that students already know about the subject. How many times does the introduction of a new topic in your child’s classroom start with asking them about what they already know, and then what they would like to know about it? Just being asked these questions automatically starts the process of engaging the student more than just jumping into a topic presenting facts. The things that students want to know and want to learn can be incorporated within the learning goals of the project, keeping the interest of the students, so that they are continually engaged instead of just listening passively. When it comes to things they learned through the project, you can see that the students’ answers show a wider range of topics than was originally covered, showing that the project sparked discussion and new learning about even common subjects (muscles and frogs in these pictures).
At Foundations for the Future School, we believe that discovery is an intricate part of the learning process. By cultivating and maintaining a progressive learning environment, we are able to nurture the educational experience of our students by allowing them to apply their own direction of thought, which is then shaped by discussion and experience. This approach differs from the traditional framing approach to teaching. With this in mind, K-W-L charts compliment our dynamic curriculum and teaching strategies well. To learn more about Foundations for the Future School, located in Kennesaw, GA, visit our website at www.FoundationsSchool.com or call us at 770-429-4799.