You Are Not Your Idea
The video linked below captures a snippet of a dialogue that took place with a small group of 7 – 9 year old children on the last day of school before summer vacation. These children had studied the concept of ecological interdependence for their school year. Watch what happens when the teacher asks: What does it mean to research? To be a researcher?
Share your thoughts in the comments section below or in the discussion forum:
What was your emotional response as you watched the video?
What surprised you?
What do you imagine allows children to engage in dialogue of this kind? What foundations do you believe have to be established?
What benefits come from learning to engage in this kind of dialogue?
What is the role of the teacher?
This snippet of the dialogue was excerpted from a longer conversation which lasted close to an hour. In the larger time frame, you would see each child actively participate.