Reflection: Developing a Conceptual Understanding Would You Marry Me?-What Wood? - Section 2: Whole Group Instruction


Humility…  With this lesson, I wondered about the unseen ‘skill’ of humility.  It allows us to be curious and ask question that move our learning forward.  Curiosity helps develop the context of their understanding.  In Kindergarten, students often enter school as fearless questioners, not afraid to show what it is they don’t know.  I often wonder when and how they learn otherwise.  To be honest, in my geographic area, the pervading culture encourages high achievement.  With this comes a need to appear right and a fear of appearing unknowing.  So how can we encourage all our students to take risks and ask questions, admit “I don’t know, please help me find a way to an answer.”  The trick- I believe- is to facilitate this learning.  As teachers, we are used to being a source of information.  When pivot a bit and become a facilitator of information, we have the opportunity to empower the students discover their own answers.  Essentially, we guide them through the thinking process rather than provide them with answers.  The beauty of this approach is that the new answers are often things we never considered..expanding the learning opportunities for everyone.

  Curiosity Feeds This Cat!
  Developing a Conceptual Understanding: Curiosity Feeds This Cat!
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Would You Marry Me?-What Wood?

Unit 11: Wood You Marry Me?
Lesson 1 of 7

Objective: Students identify uses of wood in their immediate environment.

Big Idea: Why is wood important to us?

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Science, Science Skills, wood, tree
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