I was so excited to go back to school today, and even more eager to share this provocation with the students.
I really thought that they would begin to see the impact that weather can have on structures, and why choosing certain materials, matter. And so, I was totally surprised this morning when the students thought that the problem was that the house caught on fire. I tried playing a game of Challenge with them (thanks to my previous vice principal, Kristi, for the “game” that I absolutely love) to help them identify problems with their theory, but the students had answers for everything. In the end, they almost had me convinced that a fire was to blame. 🙂
Now lies the problem of what to do. Does it matter that the provocation did not lead to the thinking that I anticipated? Can I still use their thinking of a fire to help them see the benefits in choosing certain materials for structures over other ones? I’m thinking that this could work, and then I could also introduce the problem of the weather, and have them extend their thinking with this new idea. What do you think of this plan? What do you do when your provocations provoke different ideas than you thought? Maybe this is how students direct inquiry learning even when we attempt to lead them. I would love to hear about your experiences!