In the planning of our current unit, in the “how we organize ourselves” transdisciplanry theme, we engage in our usual discussion and banter about what the unit is “really” about. What is its essence? What is the big understanding? What will be the most effective Central Idea?
We all walk away feeling that it has great depth. We have agreed that the essence of the unit is “taking action”. Other linking ideas are predicting, preparing for natural disasters and how knowledge empowers people.
My class engages in the first provocation, looking at different scenarios and saying how people prepare for them. They decide that some things aren’t so easy to prepare for. Others need knowledge to allow us to prepare. For home learning, they interview people , using the concentric circles model to find events that their family, friends and people around them have prepared for. They think about the questions they will ask and decide who is responsible for each part of the planning.
Today, we look at a range of images and children share ideas about what they notice. They discuss how the images link to our previous provocation.
The classroom is abuzz when I stop the children, asking them what concepts they think they are using to view the images and the connections to the previous provocation. In their groups, they create a central idea and then they find their “one word” – the essence of the unit.
They’ve got it! We have a “big reveal” of the teachers’ idea of what the Central Idea and concepts are and the children are chuffed that their ideas are the same as ours!