One of the things I keep pressing my kids to do, is to go deeper in their thinking and in their responses to questions. Rewardingly, my persistence appears to be paying off as I am increasingly getting work of an incredibly high caliber from many of my students.
As we prepare for the Exhibition, I am wanting to drill this home even more. Which led me to digging around and finding a couple of resources to help me out:
Blooms Taxonomy Question Stems
These look great to me. Just by looking at them from Remember to Create you can see the level of thought required to “list four….” and “compose a…”. I am learning that making this information explicit to kids isn’t going to ensure success (you can lead a horse to water…). I am also learning that just because they all aren’t going to buy in, doesn’t mean I shouldn’t share in the first place.
Being An Explorer Of The World
This is another piece of awesome that I will be sharing with my class before we head out on our Passion Tour next week to kick off our Exhibition. The tour consists of us visiting with six passionate people in our home town: a vet, the CEO of the YMCA, a doctor, an athlete mechanic, a financier, and a restaurant head. We have an agenda but there also the importance of an unwritten agenda – or at least, an unassigned agenda. In addition to their notes I also want to make sure they remember to be an explorer of their world:
“Going Deeper” is sometimes hard work! Everybody needs a little reset switch pushed once in a while. This is a 60 second brain break for you and your students. I used to have a ‘reading gong’ in my class that kids would take turns (one kid per day) ringing to signify 10 minutes of reading. During Exhibition, I can see the need for the odd ‘brain break’ and this could be a fun addition to the program:
What do you do to “go deeper”?
How do you provide opportunities for your kids to take a break?