Saturday, April 9, 2011
Covering -v- Discovering
Reading Tomlinson and McTighe's book I came across the following question: If the content we study represents the "answers" then what are the questions? They write that one way of uncovering the content is to frame the content as answers to questions or solutions to problems. In the PYP we talk about coming up with provocations - questions to stimulate the students' thinking which will lead to them inquiring and constructing their own understanding. These questions need to be open ended, with no right answer. Currently our Grade 3s are starting a unit about exploration and discovery. This is really what inquiry is. Our provocations are the launching pads that will send our students out on their own journeys of exploration - to discover, understand and learn.
Photo Credit: Discovery, Wonder and Amazement by Arturo Sotillo