Why worksheets don't work? A learning story.

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In our second series on 'why worksheets don't work', we explore the concept of provocation pages to understand how they align with the natural way in which children learn. Denise Teo, Pedagogist at EtonHouse, shares with us the relevance of provocation pages in the process of learning Chinese. 

Provocation pages provide authentic ways to assess children's learning, offering the following advantages:

  • Organic, everyday use that encourages the application of high-frequency words
  • Opportunities to practice strokes
  • An opportunity for children to practice listening, speaking, reading and writing
  • Sequential learning on topics and ideas that are interesting and useful
  • Respectful & differentiated learning opportunities for children
  • Individual expression and an expansion of ideas
  • Opportunities for children to come together and work independently
  • Opportunities for teachers and children to be reflective
  • Teachers and children work together to co-create the materials
  • The materials used are child-responsive resources
  • An opportunity for educators to communicate to the children that their ideas are respected and valued – our image of the child
  • It provides information concretely and efficiently of the learning happening in class, even for parents who do not speak Chinese
  • Works on oracy, in-class sharing of work in visual and written forms such as show and tell

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Learning Story

Children from EtonHouse Pre-School at Upper Bukit Timah  celebrated International Dot Day, a global celebration of creativity, courage and collaboration. The event came about when a teacher by the name of Terry Shay introduced his classroom to Peter H. Reynolds’ book “The Dot” on September 15, 2009. Since then, it has become a worldwide celebration of  creativity and visualisation.

Children from the K1B class at EtonHouse at Upper Bukit Timah explored 'abstraction' through creative expressions while recognising important characters and high-frequency words. The provocation pages on 'dot day' provided them with writing practice, vocabulary and spoken language development by learning stroke order and practising writing skills for significant and high-frequency characters.  Creative art offers the opportunity to document learning and for children to work both independently and collaboratively. The outcome could be a large display, a performance or a book; authentic ways to document and assess children's learning while achieving their learning goals at the same time. 


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