Partnered Applied Learning Engages All Ages

The KIS applied learning team partners with classroom teachers to create authentic student-centered learning experiences. This school year Applied Learning Specialist Jeanetta Murray and Seoul campus Kindergarten Teacher Aine Deasy developed Junior Ranger lessons around the kindergarteners’ fascination with birds.

KIS also values multigrade collaboration. Ms. Murray reached out to Secondary Design Teacher Carla Staffa to help the kindergarten class with a building project. Could the high school engineering, design, and fabrication students work with kindergarteners to build birdhouses? Yes! They set a date. But before meeting in the makerspace, both groups prepared.

At Seoul campus, Ms. Deasy encouraged her kindergarteners to play with building toys that develop fine and gross motor skills. They practiced thinking through a process and trying again. In their design class, kindergarteners learned how to use tools safely. Ms. Staffa’s class was a little nervous about what to expect from the young builders. Ms. Murray spoke with the high schoolers about the tools skills the kindergarteners were learning and how to interact within small groups. The important thing, they all agreed, was to be safe and have fun.

And they did! The kindergarteners arrived at Pangyo campus for a tour of the makerspace machines and tools before moving to tables. Each birdhouse began as a stack of cut wood and a kit of nails and glue. Small groups figured out the pattern and building steps.

When students work with people who are older or younger, everyone learns in a new way. You may go slowly through a new process or ask a lot of questions – this is wonderful! An unhurried pace gives everyone a chance to observe or wonder. Or you may bring surprising expertise to your collaboration. You may not know what you know until asked to teach or show!

Projects like this birdhouse building inspire more collaboration. The applied learning team is excited to bring together more multigrade, multidisciplinary groups who can learn from each other.

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Korea International School (KIS) is a private, proprietary, non-profit, nonsectarian school. KIS offers a fully WASC (Western Association of Schools and Colleges)-accredited PK-12. As a high-performing college preparatory school, we deliver a comprehensive education in humanities, world languages, engineering, arts, math, and science using both traditional and innovative teaching practices, with an emphasis on providing internationally minded applied learning opportunities.

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