Inventors use curiosity and empathy to discover meaningful problems and develop novel responses.
It requires you to think of everyone’s perspective.Olive, age 11
Children will discover meaningful problems and create novel solutions using curiosity and empathy
- articulate and make their values visible through a Letter of Intent
- pay attention to what children care about
- use documentation to make visible those moments when children are demonstrating curiosity or empathy
- look for and foster connections between the children’s interests, the concerns of the learning group, and global issues
Teachers will use curiosity and empathy to discover meaningful problems and create novel solutions when they…
- reflect on relationships between school experiences and the school’s goals and values
- pay attention to what they care about as individuals, professionals, and community members
- articulate their intentions annually, revisit them often, and use them to inform daily planning
- document and reflect on children’s thinking as a daily part of planning for instruction
Use this tool to encourage children to practice negotiating ideas and to identify new possibilities that may not emerge from working alone.
Modeling Language to Support Inventiveness
Use this tool when you hear children using language that is not supportive of inventiveness.
Windows into Practice
His teacher supports his inventive process through listening and offering suggestions. Jonah’s invention ultimately serves his community.
1st- and 2nd-graders explore each other’s ideas in ways that develop social and emotional capacities.