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  • Notice and Wonder

    Posted by Catrin Pitt on May 20, 2019 at 6:34 pm

    The first thing I implemented within my classes was the Notice and Wonder concept to start a lesson. It doesn’t happen every lesson (usually because I haven’t thought of how to do it for a particular lesson, but I’m getting better at it.

    My three year 7 classes have taken to it very well. So much so that when I ask a question, even during a lesson, or model a problem, any questions from the students start with ‘Miss, I notice….’ or ‘Miss, I wonder …’

    My year 8 and year 9 class either sit there dumbly or chatter about anything but the topic. Still training them. But I garner hope from my year 7’s.


    Jon replied 3 years, 10 months ago 3 Members · 2 Replies
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  • Natasha Labonté

    May 23, 2019 at 2:01 pm

    I love this! “Notice and wonder” is one of the first things I have incorporated into my lessons, too, and I love how it naturally encourages children to share their thoughts. I also find that they are more willing to struggle with a problem if they are answering a question that they have asked themselves.
    I’ve started asking notice and wonder questions when I’m teaching other subjects as well, and have have found it very, very effective, particularly in French grammar.

  • Jon

    May 23, 2019 at 7:12 pm

    I echo both of your stories. Notice and wonder can be a game changer for classroom culture. @Catrinpitt I’ve also found it “tougher” to break kids in as the grades get older. Stay with it, my 12th grade students have warmed up particularly well!