My school has embraced The L.A.U.N.C.H Cycle to teach Humanities. It is design thinking approach created by John Spencer and A.J. Juliani. Spencer and Juliani believe, “that all kids are naturally creative and that every classroom should be filled with creativity and wonder.” They are passionate about seeing teachers handing ownership to their students and unleashing creative potential.
Personally, I love the concept.
L – Look, Listen, Learn
A – Ask a Ton of Questions
U – Understand the information
N – Navigate Details
C – Create
H – Highlight and Improve the Product
The final stage, LAUNCH!
Since adopting The Launch Cycle I have seen the positive impact on my students.
My colleagues and I had applied The LAUNCH Cycle to the Humanities unit on Food and Responsible Food Consumption. The children were to create a fusion salad that had low mileage and was low cost, and share it with their parents in the style of a ‘Food Fusion Cafe’.
Today, parents were due to arrive at 2.30pm, and I’ll admit I was a little anxious as to how the afternoon would evolve.
I am pleased to report, that the classroom was buzzing with electric atmosphere. The students were totally engaged, confidently troubleshooting issues, solving problems and finalising details. Right up to the very last minute before the guests (parents) were to arrive they were providing feedback to each other to improve the final product.
2.30pm, the ‘Food Fusion Cafe’ was open for business! I looked around the room in complete awe and pride as the students interacted with their parents with such confidence. All around me learning was happening.
Earlier in the day, the students had asked to watch a short video-clip I had shown them previously during the food unit. They suggested we finish the afternoon by sharing this clip with their parents to help promote the message of responsible food consumption.
I’ve extended their suggestion by finishing today’s post with the same clip. My final LAUNCH for the day, enjoy!