Learning through wonder

A wondrous event, such as seeing a brilliant rainbow or a majestic mountain waterfall, creates an experience that provokes interest and curiosity. By questioning and investigating encounters in the everyday world, a child’s desire to understand leads to learning. A nature walk can reveal patterns, such as spirals, fractals, waves, bubbles, and cracks that are at once beautiful and open to mathematical modelling. Visual illusions and magic tricks with familiar objects can provoke questions of causality, action at a distance, and free will. Such wondrous encounters motivate learners to see a phenomenon from many different perspectives. Teachers can include wonder in learning activities through magic shows, object lessons, nature tables, cabinets of curiosities, and outdoor quests, as well as through literature that evokes a sense of wonder.

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