Provocations are exciting ways to stimulate curiosity and incite enthusiasm before a unit of inquiry begins. This allows students to think about and reflect upon their current understanding and beliefs about the concepts that will be explored during the unit.
At Discovery School, a range of exciting provocations have recently taken place. Below you will find an overview of some of them.
- In Grade 1, the students were forced to move to different classrooms after they came in one morning to find their classroom a complete mess! The students were sent to different classrooms from Kindergarten to 6th Grade while Miss Smith and Miss Parsons worked diligently to tidy up the classroom. The provocation began a discussion in the classroom about migration and the movement of people, it also provided them with a shared experience to ask questions and discuss their feelings about the move.
- In Miss Rahall’s class, the students found a box in their classroom with a range of different belongings, including a pillow, a baby picture and a teddy bear. Over the course of the week other objects began to appear in the box. Miss Rahall asked the students to think about who they might belong to, challenging them to offer justification for their answer. At the end of the week the students learned that the owner of the box was their very own Miss Rahall! The activity began the students inquiry into personal histories and identity.
- In PreK, the students came into the classroom one day to find the carpet completely covered with empty boxes. The students were eager and excited to play with them, intrigued to find out where they had come from and why they were there. They used their creativity to make a range of different things including robots, boats and race cars. The provocation activity started their unit of inquiry into creativity and learning.