Rationales of Wonder Day Project
In my current school, teachers have begun to explore ways to promote student agency, increase student choice and integrate student voice. We have also discussed different ways that teachers could (and can) develop the KIS Quality Learning Behaviors (QLB) of our students:
- striving for understanding;
- taking action ethically;
- nurturing passion in self and others.
Structure of the Wonder Day
- Their project could be an extension from their MYP subject study or a completely different area that they are interested in.
- They aim to complete the project within 4-5 hours.
- They follow the inquiry process: Wonder, Research, Create, Share, and Consolidate. (Consolidate is essential to reflect. We want to try to use a different word for reflection to avoid possible negative feeling toward reflection. We do not want students to think that they will have to write a long reflective essay at the end of their Wonder Day project.)
- Their project is approved by their supervisor first to ensure the scope of the work is achievable within 4-5 hours.
- They can work individually or with a group of 2-3 people with defining roles and responsibilities.
- They record the inquiry process in their learning portfolio and share their learning with a wider community.
This is the first time KIS launches Wonder Day project. To facilitate this process, I have put together a Wonder Day student workbook. Most of the information is built upon John Spencer's wonderful work. You can subscribe to his blog to receive Wonder Day and Wonder Week classroom resources. The purpose of this workbook is to guide students through the inquiry process: Wonder, Research, Create, Share and Consolidate.
- “Using a Wonder Week to Spark Student Inquiry.” www.spencerauthor.com/wonder-week/. John Spencer guided learners through clear steps to conduct an inquiry project in a fun and relaxing manner. You can subscribe to his blog to receive classroom resources for Wonder Day or Wonder Week.
- Steps to your inquiry research project This is a wonderful graphic organizer that guide students through the inquiry steps. It is suitable for MYP year 1 and 2 students.
- MISO research method developed by Cathryn Berger Kaye. This is easy for students to remember and easy to use. It also encourage students to consider both primary and secondary sources.