I wanted my students to get hooked on to the topic right from the beginning so I gave them time to think about what they were interested in. All they said was rugby, soccer, gymnastics and other sport activities. They had no idea about the things that they could pursue and could get interested in. I wanted our inquiry to be a platform of innovation where students would get motivated to inquire and create not because I have asked them to research on a topic but about something they themselves were eager to find out.
To get them thinking and foster this spirit of inquiry, I planned a little expo of hobbies. I created a display in my class when my students were away for 'Kiwi Can'. The display consisted of books about different hobbies. There was a big range of topics e.g.
Countries, Cultures and Travelling
Inventions, Aeroplanes and Motorbikes
Ancient civilisations and castles
Story telling, Arts and Crafts, Gardening, Cooking, Painting Kite making, Mask Making and Drawing
I am a firm believer of choice and inquiry based learning. It increases student engagement and achievement.
The display proved to be electrifying for the students. They spent a whole hour reading books to find what caught their interest the most. I could see the pure passion in their eyes. Even the ones who are usually not very focussed in class had something to say about their hobbies.
I felt a very satisfied teacher and was happy about the way I had introduced the topic to my students for the Term. In the end we made list the hobbies that we were interested to pursue and explore deeper.
- Cooking and Travelling
- Ancient Civilisations
- Kite making
- Counties and culture.