It’s widely regarded that we all start out as wonderers, asking endless questions as soon as we have the words to do so. As we get older, and more concerned with appearing all-knowing, wondering winds down.
That’s a loss for us all. The world is made a better place thanks to wondering. The global challenges we face need exponentially more wondering, not less.
That’s why I’m so excited about how our grade 6 students are practicing their wondering skills. Their teachers have led them in creating ‘I Wonder Wikis’. The students will add to them throughout the year, documenting what they wonder about, and including the multimedia fruits of their efforts to pursue this question of interest. The wikis will be shared with their classmates and all will have the opportunity to comment and contribute (such is the wonder of wikis). Wondering turns into learning about an unlimited array of topics.
What do they wonder about? Here’s a sample of what they’ve started with:
- How was bubble gum invented?
- How do you help stray dogs?
- What are the origins of Halloween?
- How do robots work?
- How does a computer work?
- How was the baseball formed?
- How does a stereo read a CD?
- What would happen if I swam to the bottom of the ocean?
- Why are pitbulls discriminated against in Canada?
- How do birds fly?
- How do clouds float?
- Why is a cloud white?
- What is the atmosphere in Mercury like?
- Why do you need to cook raw meat?
- How does wireless work?
Have no fear. Most of their day is still spent learning within the regular curriculum. However, question and be curious is a habit we’re working to establish at KCS. It’s a habit that leads to lifelong learning. And it’s a habit that may lead to questions that will transform the world for the better.
Assistant Head, Academics
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