Using Questions to Invite Wonder & Empathy into School

Oct 15, 2018

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Kristie Ennis

“This book is for teachers who want something better for their students and who believe in each child’s capacity for deep and creative thinking” (3).

Having waited for Think Like Socrates for over a month, I am thrilled to review it for The Book Fort this month for several reasons. As a Wonder Lead Ambassador for Wonderopolis, my interest is always piqued when a new education book has “wonder” in the title. I am also an avid believer in Genius Hour, passion projects, and the Socratic method for discussion and instruction, so the fact that Shanna Peeples, former National Teacher of the Year has included both wonder and Socrates with practical classroom applications for grades 4 - 12 means this book has been pre-ordered for weeks! I mean, she dedicated the book to her students as a love letter, for goodness sake!

The text is organized into four parts and below you will find one intriguing idea from each. I encourage you to not only discuss these ideas and the book with colleagues, but to order one for yourself and/or your collaborative teams. We can each make changes to encourage creativity and push students out of their comfort zones and into their zones of genius, but we do a much better job with a support system. Be sure to follow Shanna Peeples on Twitter @ShannaPeeples and check out her website www.shannapeeples.com.

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