What does it really mean to wonder?

Apr 10, 2016

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Renee Cunningham

Close your eyes. Put on your thinking cap. Think for a moment...what is something you have always wondered about? Don’t say your answer out loud, just think. Something you have always been curious about, always had a question about, always wondered…

This is how I begin each of our “Introduction to Wonder” lessons. I have found that wondering is a great way to introduce the research process to students. It builds student buy-in because they are able to explore a topic of their own choosing and take away some of the “hard” and “boring” associated with research.

Unfortunately, sometimes students are stumped. They do not really have a wonder because they have never thought about it before. This is NOT a post about requiring kids to take standardized tests or not having a creative outlet. This IS a post to showcase how we can help our students to wonder.

Ultimately, we need time. We need to give time for kids to think. We need to give time for kids to find the answers. We need to give time to listen to their answers. We need to give time to WONDER.

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