Year 8 have been experimenting with different modes of thinking. Diffuse thinking, which is best for creative tasks, happens when your brain is relaxed and able to explore lots of different ideas. We enabled this type of thinking by turning off our screen monitors and just typing freely, without constantly editing. Later, we returned to our writing and edited it, which is best done in the more concentrated style of focused thinking.
Last weekend, three of our Middle Years learners represented iCAN at the ISPP Model United Nations Conference. Each one of them was given a country that they had to speak on behalf of and write policies for. After lots of preparation and hard work they overcame their nerves to take part in lobbying sessions, debating and resolution-writing. We are incredibly proud of these three learners who have been Model United Nations pioneers for iCAN, and we look forward to more learners following in their footsteps at future conferences.
Year 8 have been consolidating and extending their skills with fractions. Many learners have now been able to apply the same strategies to simplifying algebraic fractions as they reached the diamond route challenges. They have been relating fractions to equivalent decimals and percentages. This week they have been learning how they can use their calculators to easily solve percentage increase and decrease problems, including those involving compound interest and depreciation.