The Embody Learning model uses three main ideas to help students learn: Engage, Explore, and Show. Today we are going to explore the second idea: Explore. Who doesn’t like to explore? Whether it’s a new hobby, a new place, or a new way of doing things, we are curious creatures and from the time we leave the womb, one of the things we love to do is explore.
When students are engaged, the next step is to help them explore. You can take a person to a place, but if you teach that person to read a map, you open up the world for exploration and he or she can go on their own adventures wherever the journeys leads them.
After having taught about the systems of the body of different animals, some biology classes give students a challenging exercise. Each student is given a mystery animal to dissect. It could be a fish, a rat or some other creature. Students illustrate what they find inside and make an educated guess as to what function the organs are designed to carry out. They have knowledge from previous lectures and readings to pull from, but ultimately, through their own explorations, they gain new knowledge as they decide how the animal moved, what type of environment it lived in, types of food it may have eaten, and etc. based on their findings. They discover something new.
Grooming the Explorer
Even though we have innate desires to be explorers, those desires can be quenched in any number of ways by any number of people. The teacher who desires to ignite the explorer’s flame must first lead by example. A sense of curiosity, of what happens next, of collaboration needs to be nurtured. As students learn to explore on their own, they also learn to take steps outside their comfort zone. With encouragement and affirmation, students will begin to seek out new knowledge, understanding and meaning.
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