The inquiry team at school is working on a series of staff meetings devoted to inquiry and building inquiry into our planning of units of work to allow students to grow individual inquiries. It is our nod to Genius Hour and we want to see it embedded into units of inquiry in a way that lets students see that they can follow their passions and curiosities through the lens of an inquiry unit.
We are starting later this week with a look at our provocations. In preparing for this meeting, we started thinking about the criteria for a great provocation. Very timely was the PYP chat on Sept 11th which was about….Provocations! There are loads of great resources on the PYP Chat Wiki that you should check out.
As life would have it, I was ‘stuck’ (I will never complain about this part of being a mom) reading to and snuggling with my daughter so I missed the first 45 minutes of the Europe PYP Chat. A quick read back indicated that there wasn’t a real tie in to what we were doing in terms of creating provocation guidelines for teachers. So I shared ours. It looked like this:
Some good ideas but the presentation? Not my cup of tea at all. So, what to do? I tend to think in pictures so started sketching out some ideas. I shared these with our art teacher and we were on to something but then life and time (or lack thereof) got in the way and I knew I wasn’t giving her enough time to work her magic. And then I remembered Adobe Voice.
I had shared this with our German teachers and I loved how easy it was to use. It was perfect for the job at hand and in about 13 minutes, I had created this:
What do you consider when creating provocations?
What makes your provocations powerful?