Helping students know what they’re doing and why

This video shows our second “River of Learning” session with 6SS and 6CW. The aim is made quite clear in the video. However, the main philosophy behind us investing the time and energy into trying something like this lies in the desire to help students see the value in what they do.

All too often, students come to school, do a whole load of stuff and leave with almost nothing! They don’t want to tell their parents what they’ve been doing, either because they don’t remember, don’t want to talk about it or simply are not interested enough. By Monday, the previous week has faded away into a blur of unconnected experiences of varying value to them.

All too often, Teachers blame the kids for being “disinterested” and “unengaged”. Thus demonstrating a severe misunderstanding of their job!!!

We’re trying our best to fix that. To blur the line between life and school.



  1. scareythoughts

    WOW!!! That’s absolutely amazing. I see that students are journaling before and after they create river of learning. Do you use specific prompts to get the students engaged in that process or do they just go?

    Amazing work!

    • Mr. Sam

      Thanks. Yes, the kids use the journals (we call them “Bubblecatchers”) at the start and finish of this session. They begin and conclude their thinking alone. We use particular prompts to help them with their thinking. At he start, the prompt is simply to gather information that will help them tell their learning story from the week. At the end. the prompt is based on attitudes, skills and habits that will help them achieve what they hope to achieve.

  2. Hailey Joubert

    Hi Sam,
    I have taken so much away (again) from watching ” The River of learning” and am excited to implement some of the amazing practices I have observed over this coming school year. Keep the videos and blog posts coming, please. Ownership of learning is the key.


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