Day Twenty five
What is a Learning Provocation or an Invitation to Learning?
A learning provocation is a technique used to provoke children to think, wonder, explore and to inspire children to take control of their own learning.
Provocations can be a powerful way for teachers to engage children in their own learning.
How do you organize provocations?
How they are organized and presented to children is important. They need to have room for children to create, explore, and be active participants in their own learning.
What is the quantity of materials needed?
When thinking about the provocation we need to think about the amount of materials placed in a provocation. When there is too much children can become overwhelmed, but if there is too little there isn’t enough for them to create and explore.
Think about like Goldilocks, not too much, not too little but just right.
How often should provocations be changed?
As I have said before, we need to activity listen to children while they are engaged with the provocations. This will help guide you as to when it’s time to change or add to a particular provocation. So to answer the question we need to change them based on children’s interest.
Provocations are simple and displayed beautifully to provoke interest.
Provide an invitation for a child to explore and express themselves. It should be open-ended and provide a means for expression where possible.
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I'm Tami Sanders creator of Learning and Teaching with Preschoolers, a blog to help teachers create magical moments for the young.