A.E. Perry and Beattie Elementary Schools recently participated in engaging week-long, whole-school projects inspired by the children’s book The Most Magnificent Thing. With a focus on project-based learning and critical thinking (one of the core competencies of the new curriculum), excitement for learning was ignited at whole-school assemblies challenging students to each design a ‘most magnificent thing’ from a box. The idea for The Most Magnificent Thing was developed and shared by esteemed BC author and educator, Adrienne Gear, to whom we are grateful. Learning was anchored in stories and videos about invention and perseverance and students at both schools engaged in analyzing (“Hmm..”), questioning (“Huh?”) , and developing (“Ah-ha!”) -- phases of the critical thinking process.
Beyond critical thinking, students demonstrated enthusiasm, creativity and communication skills as they worked on and then presented their projects to others. It was an exciting week of planning, imagining, creating, and sharing at each of these Most Magnificent Schools!