In February the sophomores discussed language, art, communication, and collective learning in terms of how humans have advanced our society and culture over time. We defined collective learning as the advancements of human learning over an extended period of time (through generations) - building on the knowledge of previous groups and using it to adapt and change in new environments.
Within a discussion of the similarities, differences, and lifestyles of Neanderthals, homo erectus, and modern humans we looked at the language and art forms of early people. Then, the students used finger painting (similar to early cave paintings) to define and express the idea of “collective learning” without using written language. They had the option of creating individual pieces or creating a collection as a group. This is the culmination of their work.