Today the Year 5’s went on a field trip. We were looking beyond the obvious. How many times have we driven down the same street or around the city and never really noticed anything?
The students went on a bus trip around the city of Mombasa to ‘notice’ and ‘name’ the things that they were curious about. They were to look and react to the world around them. The city was alive with so many things happening. What they recorded was fascinating. Again, this is a prime example of stepping back and letting kids show us how to teach them.
Here are some of the things they recorded:
- What does paint peel off?
- Why are there so many potholes on the road?
- Why does the sun only reflect from certain surfaces?
- Where does the power come from through the wires?
- Why does the tide rise and fall?
- Why does the weather change so quickly?
- What impact does the smoke have from the factory on people and the environment?
- How do boats float?
- How do big banners/posters survive in the weather?
- Why do I see more grass than trees?
- Why do clouds make different patterns?
- Why are tires made from rubber?
I could go on and on as they had so much to say about the things they are curious about and what mostly interested them. From here, we will sort them into the different types of science, develop questions and then choose one that they actually want to learn more about.
Again, it was another reminder that if we (teachers) stand back and let the kids show us what they already know, we then can adapt and meet their learning needs in a whole new way. This is responsive teaching. This is real learning.
Leave a comment about the experience you had. What were you mostly curious about?