The other day our PYP programme coordinator, Derek Pinchbeck, shared, what I perceived as a revolutionary new idea (sparked by Lynn Erikson) : why not turn our teacher questions into provocative questions. It’s one of those things that you just want to slap your head and say, “Of course! How could we not have done that before? It’s so obvious.”
For example, if the line of inquiry is: Making personal choices about our health. Here is what I would have done in the past:
Teacher question: What choices do we have? (Boring. Ask a child this and you will get a list: eat healthy food, exercise, sleep, etc.)
Here is an example of what we might do now:
Teacher question: Do healthy choices differ between cultures? (Ask a child this and you will get questions, comparisons, thoughtful thinking, and debates)
Don’t you feel more engaged emotionally by the second question? Don’t you want to start talking about it immediately, asking questions and sharing personal experience and beliefs? I do.
Read more here: Derek’s blog.