Noticing and Wondering
We consistently hear that students should be doing “real-world” assignments and applying what they learn to “real-world problems or situations.” We know that real-world math problems and science inquiries are everywhere. Are we asking intriguing questions which require that students invest and take ownership in their own learning?
Annie Fetter (“Annie Fetter at NCTM Ignite.” YouTube. YouTube, 02 May 2011. Web. 13 Feb. 2014.) suggests utilizing a strategy of noticing and wondering. Post a diagram, a picture, a blueprint, a sketch, etc. on the screen and ask students to jot down what they notice. Make a list of the things they notice which pertain to math or science. Next, ask them if they could expound upon that. Take some time to discuss what they notice. Then, ask them what they wonder. Take five minutes to watch Annie’s video and see if she doesn’t inspire you to utilize this strategy as well!