Always Wonder Volunteers Needed!

Hey Moms and Dads,

Over the last few days, we’ve started something new in class:  Each period starts with seven minutes of open wondering time — where your students are asked to journal about things that make them curious.  Like the daily wonder questions that students have had for homework over the year, this is designed to remind kids that wondering is the starting point for all new discovery.

You can read more about the reasons behind our project here on my personal blog.

One of the things that I’m hoping to do is get students to share some of their best wonder questions through short videos on Twitter.  Those videos are being posted in our school’s hashtag (#SalemProud) and in a team hashtag (#gnomeswonder).  Here’s our first sample — recorded by Maddie.  Camden and Sanjit’s wonder questions are already posted online, too.

I could use a little help with this project if you are interested.  Here’s how:

1). I need more parents who are willing to give permission for their kids to share their wonders publicly on Twitter.  Your kids are all pretty interested in being videoed, but because it is being shared publicly, I’d like to hear from you directly for this specific project.

If that’s something you are willing to allow your child to do, please write me a short note saying something like, “I give permission for my child to record a video wonder for science class and for Mr. Ferriter to share that video wonder publicly on Twitter.”

2). I would LOVE to have a group of parents who are willing follow our video wonderings and respond to our students — either providing answers OR asking related wonder questions to challenge their thinking.  My brother helped out with that on Sanjit’s post.  Here’s what it looked like in action:

Notice how my brother’s question is an extension of Sanjit’s original wonder.  What makes this powerful is that it pushed Sanjit to keep thinking — something that you can see here.

If you think you’d be willing to reply to student wonderings, please email me directly at wferriter@wcpss.net.  I’ll create a rotation of volunteers.

Looking forward to seeing where this goes!

Bill Ferriter