Oliver Jeffers used collage to create the images in his beautiful and funny story about Henry, a boy who eats books. We liked the idea that “The more he ate, the smarter he got”. We created our own collages, about how we learn. We had to plan several steps and manage all of our resources through different stages, before we could assemble the final collage. Each collage needed to include:
- a statement about learning that uses cause and effect
- a diagram that illustrates how I learn
- an illustration of myself, using Vivid outlines and pastel colouring
- three re-coloured photos of myself learning
- relevant backgrounds that I have chosen and coloured
The “learning statement” is about having a growth mindset and understanding that ability can be developed through dedication and hard work. Carol Dweck has a big influence on my teaching and approach to life.
The “learning diagrams” are based on Oliver Jeffers’ illustration of how the books go in, Henry’s brain grows and he becomes smarter. The children needed to create their own version of a learning system. They are really cool – take a close look at the details! Some children made very thoughtful selections of text and images for their backgrounds.