Tricia asked us as part of our questioning and discussion to come prepared to the second workshop with a context and questions to follow this context. When looking at this I felt extremely nervous as it looked a lot more difficult than she had explained. However as I got started it was such a straight forward, helpful aid to use which allowed me to think of very in depth questions that would make the children think and learn in a wider context than just the topic. For this I chose children of primary 4/5 and a book called Wonder by R.J.Palacio which can link in with a variety of curricular areas. I think this would be a wonderful class book to read together as a class as there are so many different learning points within the book. This book can link to; language, health and wellbeing, religious and moral education, drama and art and design. I used the Bloom’s Taxonomy to aid me in thinking of my questions and I found this the most helpful process for questioning. It allows you to start off with simple, easy questions which you can come up with on the spot which you then take and explore deeper with the questions linking.
PBWorks (no date) Bloom’s Taxonomy (Revised) [online]. Available at: http://pcs2ndgrade.pbworks.com/f/1318607148/RBT.PNG (accessed 23/02/15)
Remembering – Ask the children;
- Do they remember the key points in the chapter?
- Do they remember a time they felt the same way as some of the characters at these key points?
- Do they remember ever experiencing anything that the similar to the key points?
Understanding – Do the children understand;
- That people are different i.e look different, have different personalities etc
- That bullying etc. have an effect on other people as well not just the individual who is being bullied
- Friendships and relationships- can be good and bad…
Applying – The children could put themselves in the position of either the main character or another character from the book, they could write a short story or produce a comic book strip (or something similar) which can show what is happening and how they are feeling about the situation as that person.
Analysing – The children could have a discussion where they can explore the reasons why certain people act/react differently. Is it possible they’re doing so because their home life and experiences or because peer pressure from friends etc..
Evaluating – The children could put themselves in one of the characters positions and defend their actions which could bring a debate into their discussions.
Creating – The children could create; a comic book strip, story, piece of art, pivot animation or a range of other things which expresses their feelings and point of view of the book. The children could then work in pairs to have 10 minutes to look and jot down questions they have. They could then ask those questions and have a discussion with their partner exploring their thoughts and feelings.