A more simple plan might be to tell students that based on the central idea, you are interested in learning more from each of them about:
What do you Know?
What do you Understand?
What can you Do?
What will you Say?
And then supporting them on their journey of learning. The more we expose children to this line of thinking, rather than pushing them through the cookie cutter shapes of lessons we have planned for them, the more they will be able to really feel that school is a place for inquiry, not compliance.
Earlier this week, I read an article by Eric Barker: 6 Rules That Should Be Guiding Your Career. Barker shares “the rules” as developed by Daniel Pink.
- There is no plan
- Think strengths, not weaknesses
- It’s not about you
- Persistance trumps talent
- Make excellent mistakes
- Leave an imprint
I know it says rules for career development, but what about classroom development? The first ‘rule’ might have some teachers breaking out in a sweat. No plan? What about the Planner for each unit of inquiry?
Rule One: There is no plan
Pink shares the number one thing people regretted on their death bed:
I wish I’d had the courage to live a life true to myself, not the life others expected of me
It is true that as teachers we need to have a plan. But there is nothing in the PYP that says that plan has to…
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