IB-PYP: Maps – Gathering prior knowledge: Show me the way to your home from school. What did I learn? I should have known more about this student!

We’re learning about maps so I asked my students to show their way home from school. They could choose how they would show their journey. One of my students started drawing…. What did I learn? I know that how we ask children to show what they know is incredibly important and when gathering prior knowledge we can’t assume what a child knows. One of my very quiet 7 year old students started drawing their map.

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Can I find the way to my student’s home? YES How did this student know what they know? Would I have discovered what I now know about this student and their thinking if I’d presented my initial question a different way? QUESTIONS!

Cheers Nina

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4 responses to “IB-PYP: Maps – Gathering prior knowledge: Show me the way to your home from school. What did I learn? I should have known more about this student!

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  2. This is interesting Nina. Gathering prior knowledge informs our teaching. Your simple question informed both you and your student’s peers about his / her innate sense of direction and ability to sketch maps. The ‘right’ questions are the key to finding out.
    In our room we have 6 empty charts to show thinking and learning as we begin a new unit of inquiry:
    What I know about…
    What I am learning along the way…
    What I have learned…..
    I wonder….
    My questions….

    Students place sticky notes ( write or sketch) on these charts during their learning journey.
    Great idea to kick start the inquiry with a good question as you did.

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