I have a lot of people get in touch from across the world to find out how to develop SOLEs and to ask lots of questions about learning.
It’s very exciting and a real privilege to meet so many people and to share ideas. It’s something I hadn’t expected at all when Sugata asked to work together.
One thing people ask me a lot is about big questions and sometimes people are keen to hear about the questions we’ve tried that have worked well or even been less successful and can be used as examples.
http://www.theschoolincloud.org is a great resource to go to and to find out lots of things.
I have been involved in SO many SOLEs it can be tricky to remember all the questions you have asked but I thought it might be interesting to share some of the highlights (or a few I can remember off the top of my head) here.
Get ready for some of my favourites (but only a small few) either because the session went so well, the session produced something particularly memorable/unusual or the question came from young people themselves and made me curious too.
Why do people dance? (you see it at weddings and parties all the time. Shoulder shrugs and more. What’s with the foot tapping too?)
Why is water wet? (this one went off into quite a philosophical discussion about how we perceive things and how are brain works)
Why were the Victorians such great inventors? (this was with a group that have been coming consistently for a year and are amazing self organisers. They went deeply into why we invent and what conditions are needed.)
How do you draw circles with straight lines? (A ‘granny’ asked this question and the maths teacher loved the question and it helped with a topic so much that they came back with other SOLES to do because they were excited by its potential)
Why do bees buzz? (a teachers SOLE session I delivered in another part of the country and it gave some teachers involved some pleasant unexpected results and possibly converted a few sceptics)
Who invented maths? Who was Pythagoras and why was he important? Where do numbers come from (all great sessions with maths teachers who were excited by SOLEs and each session led to a new question to try later. The best questions in my mind lead to more questions)
Why do we like some colours but not others? (an amazing SOLE session with 4 year olds who weren’t sure how to use the Internet but just worked things out. Phenomenal answers)
Where do words come from? What is a sentence? How do you spell words that aren’t in the dictionary?
What was the best toy ever designed and why? (This design tech session created some great debate amongst the group)
Why do we forget and how do we remember?
How does the Internet work? (A session Sugata led which resulted in a fantastic discussion about how we learn and what knowledge we need in our heads and what knowledge we can find outside of our heads. One girl made a huge wow noise during this discussion and you could almost physically see mindsets shifting!)
This is just a very small smattering of big questions I remember for one reason or another. Each session always produces so many interesting ideas to explore further and there so much to consider about learning. Even when the questions don’t seem to generate quite as much feedback you always learn something amazing.
So go on,ask those big questions. What makes you wonder..?