We are often asked if all activities during Discovery Time should be totally student directed.
We believe there will be a range of opportunities to lead the learning in a session (see our web page on student directed learning)
An activity may be:
- Totally student directed
- Mostly student directed – some adult assistance when requested
- Student and adult directed – collaboration, learning together
Occasionally it may be:
- Mostly adult directed – the initial idea may come from an adult
- Totally adult directed – instruction on how to do something, learning a new skill (tying knots, flax weaving, knitting etc. utilizing adult expertise)
The challenge in Discovery Time is getting the balance right. The focus needs to be on students taking the lead with adults observing, supporting and asking questions that will extend students thinking.
Alongside this debate sits the concept of ‘provocations’
“Put simply, provocations provoke! They provoke thoughts, discussions, questions, interests, creativity and ideas. They can also expand on a thought, project, idea and interest.” check out this web page from Racheous for more details
Setting the scene in a classroom is the teacher’s responsibility. Setting out activities, materials and opportunities requires careful planning and thought by the teacher but the action and end result rests with the student.