“Key Competencies are the beating heart of education” (Guy Claxton)
And they are the very essence of Discovery Time.
Selecting an appropriate key competency focus and introducing to your class is important. Some key ideas from our Discovery Time book might get you started.
Selecting a Key competency focus
Think about the things you have observed in your class.
Do your students need more opportunities to:
- share and take turns?
- solve problems?
- handle conflicts?
- persevere with a task and take it to completion?
- accept responsibility?
- look after and conserve the resources available to them?
- show initiative and think for themselves
- help each other and work co-operatively
- be creative and think outside the square?
- take risks, try out ideas, extend a concept?
- use information technology effectively and competently?
- fully express and develop the talents that they have?
Which aspects of the key competencies do your students need to develop?
This is a time to make these goals explicit and incorporate them into the learning experiences.
Introducing the session to the students
The learning intention for the session needs to be made clear to the students and introduced in a meaningful way.
The teacher might:
- refer to prior experience
- pose a challenge
- present an image or artefact
- read a relevant story
At the end of the introduction the students will:
- Know the focus of the session and why it has been selected
- be able to talk about the focus, using appropriate language (both during the session and in the reflection time)
- know what success might look like and sound like
As the students become familiar with the concept of Discovery Time they should become increasingly involved in determining the focus for each session.
Every Discovery Time session must have:
- a key competency focus
- a time for reflection at the end of the session.