The interview below was conducted by Andrea Muschknowski, primary school teacher and co-author of the LOGICO boxes in Germany. LOGICO has multiple uses and it can easily be adapted to suit different learning phases and form part of the classroom routine. LOGICO can be used in many ways and it works well in both individual, paired work or whole class teaching. Children can self-check their answers or they can work with a partner to solve solutions together. The individual learning cards have been carefully designed to expand vocabulary as well as encourage local and/or mathematical thinking.
Ms Muschkowski: Briefly describe, when do you use LOGICO in your learning and what for.
Leona: I know LOGICO for example from the free learning phase at the beginning of the school day. Before classes begin in the morning, we have the chance use different learning materials. We choose independently a card from a box and work it out. If we want to repeat or practice anything specific from a subject like German, Math or English, we take a card from the “subject box”.
Wangyu: With LOGICO I learn at home and at school. When I came to school here, I barely spoke German. Ms. Muschkowski gave me the box “Listen-LOGICO” and a discman to practice German. Without reading, I was able to solve the assignments just by listening and looking at the pictures.
I learnt more and more German words and how to pronounce them properly. Also in special support lessons at school, we regularly work with LOGICO. Among others, we use the images of the cards, to tell, to learn new words and to formulate phrases correctly.
Janne: Frequently during lessons, we may also – when we have finished our other tasks – take LOGICO frames with already given cards.
Pablo: Most often we are working with LOGICO during times of the week plan or free learning phases. In free learning phases (which follow mainly the completion of the week plan) we can work and learn with LOGICO depending on our own interest, either alone or with the help of Ms. Muschkowski.
Ms Muschkowski: Pablo, you said that you learn, especially during the week plan phases with LOGICO. Could you explain this in more detail?
Pablo: On Mondays, each child receives a weekly plan with different tasks in the subjects German, Mathematics and English. On the week plan Ms. Muschkowski lists the cards (card number), and in which area to find them (symbol – top right of the card), whether we shall work alone or with a partner and if we need a Discman or CD player (for LOGICO- Box “English for Beginners”). Gradually, we take the cards by ourselves from each box and work them out, the way it is written in our week plan. (Photo 1)
Ms Muschkowski: Pablo mentioned that sometimes you learn with a partner. How exactly does that work?
Leona: During the week plan phases or in English class, we often work out LOGICO cards with a partner, especially cards where we do not listen to CD. We take turns to talk about the tasks and give each other advice, when we have a word or phrase that we cannot read or understand. We can solve most tasks together, without asking the teacher for help. (see photo below)
Vincent: Sometimes I work with a partner when it comes to an additional task on the back of LOGICO card (Writing tasks, communication or researchers tasks). I can discuss the questions with my partner or we work together to find a solution.
Ms Muschkowski: How and where do you document you findings?
Janne: When I have finished a LOGICO card and checked my answers, I mark the appropriate card number with a pencil or a small sticker on my mini- learner. (see photo above)
Leona: If I made many mistakes with a card, I will write the number of mistakes beside the card number in my mini-learner and later I will solve the same card again. After some repetition, I know that I am getting better and it helps me prepare for the “level tests”.
Ms Muschkowski: When and why do you write the level tests?
Vincent: If we have finished a subject area completely, we usually write a “Test Your Knowledge”. A short time later Ms Muschkowski will discuss the results with us and decide whether we need to repeat any specific exercises.
Ms Muschkowski: Explain why you like working with LOGICO?
Janne: I enjoy working with LOGICO because I can choose for myself what I want to learn, practice, or repeat. During free learning phases I can choose between easier or more difficult learning cards and even determine how long and how much work I want to do.
Wangyu: I like the most, that I do not work with a book or write in my note book. With LOGICO I can start right away, without having to get out different materials.
Leona: I like that I can check my answers by myself and can record in my learner-mini, what I’ve done. In this way, I do not lose time and can always see what cards I have already worked out and where I can continue next time.
Pablo: What I like best about LOGICO is, that there are tasks for which I have to think and reflect. Often I learn something new or I improve in a certain area.
Vincent: I like the fact that I can get help on the back of the cards or work together with another child if I am unsure and do not know how to proceed.
Ms Muschkowski: Are there any difficulties in working with LOGICO or is there anything you do not like?
After short discussion, all students agree and answer the question with a clear NO.
Ms Muschkowski: Imagine, you could participate in publication of new LOGICO projects. What ideas would you have?
Leona: I would make white LOGICO cards. Then each child could choose his favorite theme and create own cards. Furthermore, everyone could decide how many questions are there and what colors of the buttons are used.
Vincent: I would develop a LOGICO App* (application) or a LOGICO computer program. Then I could start working with LOGICO everywhere and would not have to wait for a LOGICO board or a particular card.
This interview clearly shows that children of a second year are already able to deal consciously and differentiated about their teaching materials and that they are experiencing LOGICO as an opportunity to reflect and shape their individual learning.
To be continued with teacher interviews!