How many of us slow down and take a long look at things? Do we really examine the smallest details of a subject?
Paul Salopek is currently on a 7 year walk around the world as part of the Out of Eden Project. He is slowing down. The project is encouraging children to join him on his slow walk to slow down in their own environment through Out of Eden Learn. Look up, Look down, look at the smallest details of a subject.
The reason why I mention this is because of a thinking routine that I tried with my class for the first time a couple of weeks ago.
Our unit of Inquiry is Wellbeing. As a class we been discovering cleanliness, particularly how, why and when to wash our hands. Working with 5-6 Year olds it is sometimes difficult to get them to see behind what they they can actually see ( inference). So I thought about an image of hands with cartoon germs on as way to begin the conversation. What do you see? What might be happening?
I decided to cover the image with coloured squares which would mean I could show the progress in the conversation as more of the image was shown to the children. This turned out to be a useful idea because it clearly showed the conversation being built on. It also allowed me to see the children’s current thinking and guided me to the next steps in our inquiry.
Rather than use this thinking routine as a whole class I decided to use it 3 times with 6 children so that the children had more of a voice during the thinking routine.
Zoom in thinking routine thinking 💭 this morning. What do you see ? What might be happening? pic.twitter.com/M7SRRSXCaM
— mrbevansclassroom (@mrbevsclassroom) October 6, 2016
Underneath is the presentation that was shared with the children and also the “conversations” as they progressed (please excuse my handwriting – it’s hard to record their ideas in the time so they don’t lose momentum!)
It wasn’t perfect, but slowing down and allowing children time to look closely and think about what might be happening really allowed for the children’s thinking to be shared with each other. It is certainly a Thinking Routine I will return to in the classroom as a way of documenting the children’s inferences.
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