I was collaborating with a Kindergarten teacher in my district this morning that I’ve worked with several times helping her integrate technology into the Kindergarten curriculum. Today when I arrived I found out that a new arrival came to their classroom over the weekend. A brand new baby chick! It was the first of several to hatch inside the incubator and I will admit it was quite cute as it peeped away in its box of newspaper strips. I’m sure it was ready for its brothers and sisters to follow suit and break out of those eggs!
I watched awe-struck students as they examined the baby chick from a distance. They were so intrigued by the tiny brand new life they saw before them. They would have asked questions all day had their teacher let them.
Their level of inquiry at such a young age was amazing. Knowing this teacher, I know it has been fostered over the course of the school year. There was no hesitation to ask a question. No fear of a wrong response.
Can technology bridge this gap in the older grades in some instances? What is it that happens as students (kids) get older that makes them more apprehensive to inquiry and higher order thinking?
I welcome your thoughts and comments.