How does building help learning? As children organise and connect their ideas, they generate meaning. This is how we understand something new. Their mental models are a launchpad for thinking, talking and writing.
This visual PDF explains how the blocks can be used in your classrooms.
"It helped me in my Geography and English as I normally get stuck in the writing. When we do stories it allows me to set up my ideas first. If I make a mistake I can just move the blocks before writing it out." Woody, Year 7, The Maltings Academy.
New concepts are easier to understand if we can break them down into smaller parts. What results have we seen so far?
Using miniature whiteboards and blocks means learners can continuously edit their work.
Learners go beyond surface level details and explore deeper structures and patterns.
Clearer writing is usually the product of clearer thinking.
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No. Amongst the most widely cited outcomes are creativity and problem-solving capabilities.
When you need to tackle something that might be considered complex for your learners. This might be preparing for a piece of writing, consolidating a body of knowledge or checking for understanding.
The process can be used to 'stretch' higher attaining pupils or support a child who is struggling with grasping a new concept. There are significant implications for dyslexia and autism.
Schools are usually addressing one of these agendas:
1) Schools supporting a significant amount of disadvantaged learners.
2) Schools that are focused on developing lifelong learning traits.
3) Schools that are embracing a knowledge-rich curriculum.
The toolkits are perfect for simplifying any important concept or task. This could be in English, Science or the Humanities. It's useful for any body of knowledge with a clear structure.