See Think Wonder

Provocation and Follow-up

Our new unit is about trading. We are looking at what trade is, what people trade, how they trade, what happens if they have nothing to trade and what our responsibility is in that whole process… The Enduring Understanding for this unit is: The production and distribution of goods and services can benefit and disadvantage communities.

We started by looking at Poverty. The provocation was a gallery walk of photos taken by my colleague when travelling around the world. The students were not given any front loading about the subject matter prior to this.

We used a See-Think-Wonder approach. Everyone had a bunch of slips with “I see, I think, I wonder” on each.

Image: Lindy Buckley

Image: Lindy Buckley

They saw, thought and wondered and then pinned the slip beside the photo.

Image: Lindy Buckley

Image: Lindy Buckley

After this quiet activity, we made small groups, each group to look at all the slips with a picture, to see if there were any common thoughts or wonderings. We also looked at the wonderings, doing a basic sort into questions that you could answer fairly quickly with yes or no and questions where you’d have to find out more to be able to try and answer. We talked about how much information you could get from an image. (Visual Literacy)

Image: Lindy Buckley

Image: Lindy Buckley

Killing two (actually more) birds with one stone, as it were, we went on to learn how to create a google presentation AND how to use Compfight to look for Creative Commons picures. Students chose 3 pictures from their search and placed on 3 slides, correctly attributed to the photographer.

They made notes about each image using the same See-Think-Wonder strategy. The next tech learning was using Quicktime with their google presentation, using their notes to talk about their pictures.

There’s a lot of tech learning going on. At the same time I hear students talking with each other about the content of the images. Living in Indonesia, we all see images of poverty through our car windows on a daily basis. 

As we start investigating aspects of trade, we’ll keep looking back at the poverty introduction to see if there are connections.

And HERE is how we created the presentation…

Warning! This is NOT a Presentation Zen!

Presentation Zen allows the presenter to use the images on a slide show as tools. The audience watches. The presenter talks. A Presentation Zen slideshow on its own has little meaning to the audience.

This slide show was created by me after a lesson on the topic. I sent my students the link so they will have the shared doc in their Google Drives to refer to if they forget any steps of the process.

About lindybuckley1

I am a retired elementary, international school teacher who enjoys travelling, art, music, photography, natural history, archaelology, cooking and history - in fact almost anything....
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8 Responses to See Think Wonder

  1. Prashani says:

    Lindy, A very powerful provocation around the Inquiry cycle showing that what they see, think and wonder strategies have an impact on their individual theories.


  2. kathmurdoch says:

    I love how ‘layered’ the teaching and learning is here…as you say Lindy, killing several birds with your inquiry stone!! (hmmmm strange metaphor, that!)…. I think this post describes the richness of inquiry when in the hands of a skilled and knowledgeable facilitator and how beautifully the process lends itself to curriculum integration. Can’t wait to see/hear how the unit unfolds…:)


  3. Lynda Allen says:

    The power of handing over the control of learning and thinking to the children to do all the work instead of the teacher doing the work is giving ownership, motivation, engagement and interest. I love the see, think, wonder with the powerful photos. Awesome work being carried out here. I bet the learning lasts forever with the children.


  4. lindybuckley2 says:

    I certainly hope so, Lynda! Thank you for your kind remarks. Yes, the more students do for themselves the better!


  5. Benjamin Barrington-Higgs says:

    Hi Lindy, what a great example of learning flowing from a powerful provocation and thoughtful selection of thinking strategies.


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