Curiosity Story

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Objective

Students will articulate why they chose their research topic and how the research is going.

Big Idea

Students will articulate the research process as it pertains to their individual projects.

RAP - Review and Preview

10 minutes

I call students to the gathering area. We review what we know about curiosity and curious people. I check in with a few students about how their process is going and answer any questions. I tell students that today, we are going to talk about our curiosity story. 

I remind students that the process of learning is much more important than the final product. I tell them that it is important that they are able to articulate their journey as this is an important skill to have in the real world. Students will need to be articulate about the process to be able to justify their work in a competitive world. It is also important for students to understand that learning is not about the test or the end product but about the journey itself.

 

Guided Investigation

15 minutes

I tell students that their curiosity story should include things such as:

  • How is research going?

  • What has been most challenging? ...most rewarding or fun?

  • Have you learned anything unexpected or unusual?

  • Are you more or less interested in your topic now that you are learning more about it?

These questions do not give rise to ideas about projects or lead students to a concrete set of answers. These are open-ended and are intended to stretch students' thinking.

Students may have encountered new information that has them wondering new things.  During this time, I let students continue to write their curiosity story while I circulate and take some time to check in to see if there are any new questions that should be added to their concept map and pursued. Any new questions that arise should be added to the concept map students are working from.

Student journals are a great place for them to write their curiosity stories. Here are a few.


 

Wrap Up

5 minutes

I call students to the gathering area and we discuss how their curiosity stories are taking shape. I answer any questions students may have about the process or their particular topic. Students share ideas that have sparked their curiosity or have inspired them. Students also share any frustrations or blocks they have found. Other students may be able to assist so this sharing time is important, especially as we get to towards the end of this process.