LiD starting in another Chilean school

Colegio Tricahue, a new primary school in Requinoa, Chile, has started LiD. Parents and children gathered first for a description of how they would engage with the LiD program. Their topics were written in colourful paper birds hanging from the classroom ceiling. Parents lifted their children up so they could select a bird and discover the topic they were going to become an expert on. The school has taken to LiD with great enthusiasm.

Carolina Lopez, Director of Imaginative Education, Mexico, and Soledad Acuña, of the Cultural and Imaginative Education Teacher Network, Chile, recently visited Tricahue College in Chile to see how they were implementing LiD in the school.
They were shown around by Rosario Michea and Felipe Poblete, two of the LiD teachers, and met with Sandra Lobos, Rosita Caceres and with many students.

At the conclusion of their visit, both Soledad and Carolina said they had a good impression of how LiD is being implemented in the school. They were especially impressed by the creativity and energy of the teachers and the enthusiasm and engagement with their topics that the students displayed.

Magdalena Merbilhaa, one of the International Associate of IERG and Director of the Cultural Network and Director of Outreach Activities at Finis Terrae University, had earlier spoken to parents about Imaginative Education in general, and discussed the LiD program at that time.

LiD at St Michaels Elementary School, Burnaby

Program puts learning into kids’ own hands

Grant allows Burnaby independent school to launch a school-wide Learning in Depth program.

Cornelia Naylor | Burnaby Now
April 1, 2016 10:54 AM

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Students at a Burnaby independent school will start going deep next year thanks to an $8,000 government grant.

St. Michael’s Elementary School will launch a kindergarten to Grade 7 Learning in Depth program in September, after getting one of 15 Innovation Partnerships grants announced this month.

“I’m really grateful to the ministry for being able to find this money for schools to be able to really take risks and be innovative because otherwise it would have be very difficult for us,” principal Caterina Kennedy told the NOW. “Our pro-D budget is miniscule.”

Learning in Depth is the brainchild of SFU education professor Kieran Egan. Each student in the program is given a specific topic (“dust” or “skin” for example) to learn about for one hour a week through her or his whole school career – kindergarten to Grade 12.

“If you don’t know something in depth, you really never get an understanding of the nature of knowledge,” Egan told the NOW in a 2014 interview. “So what I was trying to do was invent a little program that would ensure that every child became an expert. What they actually learn is how little they know, so it generates a kind of humility about knowledge, but it also gives them a sense of how the other things they’re studying in school are all very superficial, and it gives them a desire to want to know more.”

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