One of the most commonly asked questions when it comes to Knowledge Building is simply – “How do I get started?” There are lots of great resources on LTL about Knowledge Building, and I wanted to pull out a couple short, very practical pieces here as a starting point for this question.
In the first video clip, veteran KB teacher Richard Messina offers his ideas on bringing Knowledge Building to life in a classroom and creating an environment for questioning:
In the interest of idea diversity, I’ve included a few more examples here. In this video clip, Bev Caswell gives some advice on getting started with Knowledge Building:
The last piece is a resource prepared by Cindy Halewood, another fantastic Knowledge Builder who teachers Grade 2. In this document, Cindy explains the concept of a “20 minute field trip” and describes how this can be an easy, accessible and stimulating way for students to engage with their community, interact with the local environment, and get the questions and ideas flowing!
If you have an example of a starting point– a provocation, an activity, an experiment, whatever — that worked well for you, please add onto and improve this Remix! Every community, school, classroom, and student is different – so every starting point will be different, too! It would also be great to hear about starting activities that might not have created a spark – how can/did those experiences lead to improvements or to new ideas?