Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Q’ed House at Senior School to witness the students engaged in this year’s Q’ed 1 program. I was delighted to see the high level of engagement and excitement as the students enthusiastically participated in the fast paced, highly varied and extremely powerful learning experiences.
These able learners are rapidly becoming extremely well informed about their individual learning process. They are becoming critical thinkers and considering how they see the world and thinking about how they perceive themselves within it.
The highly motivating sessions prepared for these students allow them to discover many aspects that inform and influence our ability to learn, including understanding the way that the brain functions. Activities that engage the senses and imagination, combined with lots of fun provide these students with experiences that assist them to explore high order thinking about the world and themselves.
Instead of schoolwork and tests we have been learning about who we really are. Q’ed has been satisfying the brains of curious kids blowing away students and teachers with discoveries about authentic happiness, our true selves and our unique strengths.
We believe that Q'ed is a worthwhile project which is giving everyone involved the time of their school lives.
Molly Hargreaves and Ashley Harper
We have learned about the brain and made neurons out of plastercine to get a hands on understanding of how they work. We used a kinesthetic learning style so this experience would go into our long term memory. We also stamped our fingerprint to show our individuality because our brains are also individual. No-one has a brain that is the exactly same as another person’s brain.
Caelli Wood, Tanisha Mathe, Emily Bagnara and Briely Wight
In Q’ed we have been learning about ourselves. Our identity on the outside is often not always what it is on the inside. This has helped Jack and I understand ourselves better.
Some of the sensory experiences we have had each week are helping us to use different senses better and become more aware of how we think and learn. How we learn depends a lot on our senses and we can learn to use our senses in better ways to improve our brains.
Jack Doughty and Mitchell Garrett
We have learned so many new things about how we learn and how we can think differently. We are all intelligent in different ways and can always improve our brains if we make up our minds to. You are the only one who can change your own brain.
Kira Miles, India Smith and Natalie Wilcox
As this program now enters the third year at Christian College it is becoming a significant influence in teaching and learning throughout the College. I am excited by what I saw last week as well as the possibilities this program brings for the future.