This is great time lapse photo/video of an artiste in action. I know Tank as he did some work for me when I was the project manager at SPC Ardmona KidsTown.
Notice how the hand goes all over the place and it does not appear sequential at all. I wonder if that is how many of us think and learn.So why then should we expect kids to work and learn sequentially and orderly. It looks to me like it is a bit here, a bit there, just like Tank paints.
If you watch kids work, in a free setting, not a typical classroom (sit down/shut up) they do a bit of this and a bit of that, go here, go there etc. We have all been raised in typical classrooms and taught traditionally, and if you are anything like me we struggle with this, what we think is a haphazard approach. I am starting to realise that learning and work is very messy and each young person approaches it in the best way they can and what makes sense to them intrinsically.
This is what we try to do with the Big Picture approach to learning. Unless the “teacher” in us rises up to take control and direct situations.