This is my first post here! A fellow colleague of mine shared this video with me. My first thought was “I could use this with my kids for inquiry!”
Just so that everyone understand my context here in Singapore, a lot of teaching is done through direct instruction. Students are used to being given answers rather than to ask questions. So I have tried very hard to start them asking questions.
I am in the process of modelling inquiry with my kids by asking them to ask a few questions a day (or maybe we could start by a week). I was a bit disappointed that none of them had questions they wanted to ask passionately. I know Singapore is not going to produce any major inventor anytime soon, but if no one asks questions, they won’t be many for sure.
So I hope this video could be a starter for my students. They can get questions from their daily play or from a youtube video a friend shared. Hopefully at the end of the week, we can decide which questions to tinker with.
Anyway, here are my questions after watching the video:
1. How does putting a bottle make it any brighter than simply cutting a hole in the roof?(you cover it with a transparent material to keep out the rain of course)
2. What is the bleach for?
3. How does this link to reflection and refraction (well I teach this, so it must be good to make some connections)?
If all goes to plan I really want to model the process of inquiry. I hope to look at a few questions, search for answers on the internet, paraphrase some of these answers to get my head around it and then generate many more questions. I want to show my students I do not know all the answers and neither should they expect to.