Today's Question

Please copy & paste Today's Question into your Learning Journal. Respond to each question with as much detail as you need to make your thinking clear to others.



Welcome Back to Curiousity Class:

Monday, April 30th:

1.Go back to your blog and be sure your digital story is posted properly.
2.Then, view the blog of each member of your group and make the following comments on each members' blog:
  • Using the digital story characteristics bullet points, please give two gems and two opportunities to each member.
  • What is the imact that the author is trying to make through their digital story?
  • To whom should this be given in order to further the authors' intent?
If you need help with science, see Mrs. Jacobs.

Monday, April 9th:

Are you having fun researching your topic for your wonder? Explain.
What could you do to make your topic more interesting if you are not interested and what could you do to keep your topic interesting if you are interested?
How could others input make researching your wonder more fun?
How could you push your wonder to stretch your thinking?

Monday, March 26:
1. Up to now what have you learned about your wonder? How did you find this information? What did you do?

2. What do you still want to know about your wonder? What is your plan for finding this information? What have you already done to try and find this information? Did it work? Why or why not?

3. What new questions/wonders do you have? Are they related to your current wonder? What could you do to look into them?
Monday, March 12:
As you reflect on your journey of discovery about your Wonder(s), consider the posts, comments & responses on your blog.
Respond to the following questions as a new post on your blog. Keep in mind, your post can include text, audio and images. Please be as detailed and descriptive as possible when drafting your post. This MATTERS!
  • Give it a meaningful title and a brief introduction.
  • Think carefully about how you'll respond to each question
  • Write your responseswith as much detail as possible (remember, you are working to make your thinking & process clear to others)
    • How are you digging underneath the surface of your chosen issue, problem, challenge, question, or interest?
      • What questions are you asking?
      • What information are you finding?
    • How are you digging underneath the answers and information, to discover more?
      • What are your strategies for deeper discovery?
    • How are you inviting others into your learning journey? Who are your contributors, collaborators, editors, reflectors, challengers...who help to strengthen your work?
  • Write a conclusion at the close of your post, inviting others to comment.


February 27th:
Continue to work on furthering your research on your wonder
1. Please review the comments that have been posted to your blog page.
  • How can you use these comments to further your studies?
  • What questions can you ask to further clarify the comments?
  • How does this lead you to your next steps?
2. Using the comments from Mr. Truss, what are your next steps with your wonder? How does the messiness of learning help you? How does it hinder you? What do you need to know to help your next steps?

Feb 17:
Continue to work on Claims and evidence w/Effort and Acheivement
1. What other claims have you made about your Wonder, given your research to this point?
2. What specific evidence have you uncovered to support your claim(s)? Please include evidence from all 3 categories:
  • Facts
  • Data
  • Personal experience (your small moments, or those of others)

Continued Work on Seeking Outside Sources -

  1. What professionals, experts, authorities are exploring your topic, or a topic similar to yours?
  2. Which have you chosen to follow, or learn from?
  3. How did you verify they are a credible source?
  4. Please post a link to their work - blog, wiki, webpage, etc.
  5. Do they have a Twitter account?
    • Who do they follow?
    • Who is following them?
    • What does this suggest about them or their work?



Feb 10: Combining Claim & Evidence w/ Effort & Achievement
  1. What claim(s) can you make about your Wonder, given your research to this point?
  2. What specificevidence have you uncovered to support your claim(s)? Please include evidence from all 3 categories:
    • facts
    • data
    • personal experience (your small moments, or those of others)
  3. Which of the REAL strategies have you used to verify the facts and data you are using as evidence (be sure to list all)?
  4. Use your responses from above to create a post on your blog. Be sure your post showsyour readers the effort you've put forth to discover the answers to your wonder. Be sure to include...
    • your claim(s) about your wonder
    • the specific evidence you have to support your claim
    • all sources of information and images
    • specific strategies you have already used to verify the credibility of your sources

Feb 3: please consider the Effort & Achievement rubric we discussed in class on Monday as you respond to the following questions in your learning journal.
      • What efforts have you made to address your Wonder this week?
      • What achievements have you made?
      • How would you score yourself for each?
    • Tweaks: Individual Ideas- Reflecting on our discussion in class, what "tweaks" might make this rubric work better for you? (post individual replies in discussion area of your team page)
      • What if the end column wasn't the end point?
      • How might it better reflect your efforts to reach further, dig deeper, question more critically...?
    • Consider the responses posted by the other members of your page team...
      • Peer Influence: How might the suggestions of your page team influence, or shape your work? Be sure to identify the strategy to which you are referring in your response (post individual replies to discussion area on your team page).
      • Top 2 Tweaks(team post):Work as a team to come up with your "Top 2 Tweaks" (post team response to discussion area on your team page)
        • Of all suggestions made, which would represent your "Top 2 Tweaks"?
        • Be sure to include your team's thinking/rationale behind your suggestions.


Jan 30: Posting Claim(s) & Evidence
As you consider the research you've done to this point on your Wonder, please respond to the following with thoughtful, rich and complete posts:
  1. Where do you see Science in your Wonder?
  2. What claim(s) can you make about your Wonder, given your research to this point?
  3. What specificevidence have you uncovered to support your claim(s)? Please include evidence from all 3 categories:
    • facts
    • data
    • personal experience (your small moments, or those of others)
  4. Which of the REAL strategies have you used to verify the facts and data you are using as evidence (be sure to list all)?

Jan 13:
As you narrow your focus on your Wonder, please consider the questions posted to your discussion tab by your teammates (see Dec 9 below).
  1. How does their question support your investigation?
  2. How might you go about addressing or answering their question? (please craft a reply to their post)
  3. What is your next step in investigating your Wonder?
Student bloggers, please...
  1. add a linkto your blogroll:
    • a link to your Learning Journal
    • links to the blog of each member of your What's Your Question team (and others, if you wish)
  2. replace the header "Just another BPS Edublogs Campus Site site" with something that reflects your journey to find answers to your Wonder (need help? see Kate A, Gus K, Hannah S, Lauren S or Emma L)
  3. rename the "Sample Page" that came with the initial template - try to think of a name/page that will support or compliment your work
Examples:
    • Resources - where you can document & store the resources you use along the way
    • My List of Wonders - post your brainstorm list of wonders from the start of the year (I'm sure you had MANY!)
    • Photo Library - post related photos that surface as you investigate answers to your Wonder
    • Maps - do maps play a part of your Wonder? Why not offer them to your readers/followers?

Jan 6:
Consider the student blogs you reviewed at the start of our week...
  1. How do you imagine your own blog might teach, inspire, motivate, or connect others?
  2. How will you invite others into the conversation of your posts?
  3. What traditional writing techniques do you need to remember as a blogger?
  4. Please showyour answers by completing each of the following tasks:
    • How do you subscribe to our What We Wonder blog so you receive updates to your school email account?
    • How do you add a link to our What We Wonder blog so it appears on the blogroll on the front page of your blog?


Dec 9:
  1. Click on your team What's Your Question? page
  2. Carefully review the learning journal of the person above AND below you on your What's Your Question? page.
  3. Use the Question prompts on our wiki to push the thinking of your page partners by posing at least one strong question on their discussion tab.
  4. On Monday, we'll work on crafting strong responses to the questions posed by your page partners.

Dec 2:
  1. SLOW DOWN: Why is it important to verify the resources you are using to uncover answers to your Wonder?
  2. THINK: How might it help you to plan out your questions before seeking information from others (professionals)?
  3. LOOK AHEAD: How might you share your learning with the world (blog, wiki, Learning Journal, Glog, etc.)?

Dec.1:
1. What questions from our "Asking Questions" page helped further your search on your wonder?
2. What answers did you find?
3. What are your next steps?

Nov 30:
  1. What professionals are exploring your topic, or a topic similar to yours?
  2. Which have you chosen to follow, or learn from?
  3. How did you verify they are a credible source?
  4. Please post a link to their work - blog, wiki, webpage, etc.
  5. Do they have a Twitter account?
    • Who do they follow?
    • Who is following them?
    • What does this suggest about them or their work?
Nov 29:
  1. Please post a brief summary (2-3 sentences) of a resource you found during your work time today. Be sure to include:
    • a link to that resource
    • connections from that resource to your Wonder: how is this information helpful or relevant to your investigation?
  2. What will your next steps be tomorrow?

Nov 21:
In the Paper Clip movie, the students in Whitwell had a very specific wonder about the world - they wondered about the sheer number of Jews who were killed in the Holocaust. Reflecting on their efforts to better understand a group of this size, please respond to the questions below:
  • What did they learn "in the cracks" of their quest to collect 6 million paperclips?
  • How did this influence, or make a difference to others?

  • What about your wonders might make a difference to others?
  • How might you teach others about your Wonders of the World ?
  • How might your learning journey serve to educate others?
  • Why bother?

Nov 18:
Reflect on your answers to last week's questions: "What do you know?" & "What do you need to know?"....
  • What will your next step(s) be?
  • How can your team help you with your next steps?
  • Keeping in mind that we'll only be in school on Monday & Tuesday, what is your goal for next week?

Nov 7:
Given the question on your list that you feel is most worthy of investigating, please respond to the following:
Question: <insert question here>
  • What do you know?
  • What do you need to know?
  • Why does it matter?

Oct 28:
  • Which of the REAL strategies have you used this week to validate information you have found?

Oct 21:
  • What questions surfaced as a result of the information you found?
  • What strategies, if any, did you use to validate your information?
  • How can we be sure to save enough time each class to document and reflect on our work?

Oct 17:
  • What questions on your page seem worthy of an investigation?
  • How might your Learning Journal support your investigation?

Oct 3:
  • How will you use the discussion rubric to strengthen your own work?
  • How will you use the discussion rubric to support the work of your peers?

Sept 26:
  • In what ways can questions shift a discussion?
  • In what ways can questions strengthen a discussion?
  • In what ways might questions dilute, or weaken a discussion?

Sept 23:
  • Who can you add to our authority list?
  • How might learning from such authorities in a particular field or area of study be different from learning for yourself, with your peers, or from another adult?

Sept 19:
  • What can you learn on your own?
  • What can you learn from your each other?
  • What do you need to learn from us?