In a quest to better understand our students, we have embarked on a teaching as enquiry which focuses closely on Ako, or the common language of learning. In the last few weeks I have consciously used the terms gathering, processing and applying and attached them to the activities. For the processing of essays I had a good look at their plans. An interesting observation is the difference between the boy groups and girl groups. The boys tended to have little detail but always had some doodles. When I spoke to the groups they could tell me what their essay plans were.
Girls tended to have far more detail and no doodles. So have I unlocked the teenage brain? No, but it was interesting to watch the way they processed the information.