This week I finished watching all of the videos that we took in the schools. For those of you who don’t know, we went to a school and tried different methods of teaching with the students including our most famour “I Notice, I Wonder” method. While trying out these methods, us co-ops video taped the teacher-student, as well as student-to-student discussions. I Notice, I Wonder is a method invented by one of my fellow staff members at the math forum, that asks the students to list everything they notice and wonder about a picture or story told to them, without actually giving them a question to answer. In one of the classrooms I videotapes, Valerie (a fellow mathforum staff member) had the students keep the paper upside down, then flip it over only for a minute. After the minute passed she made them turn it over and asked them again what they noticed and wondered about. I was suprised how many notice/wonders the students came up with only after a minute of looking at it. Finally she had them turn it back over and keep it face-side-up. A list of more notices and wonders were compiled on the board.
“We’re just listing what we noticed and wondered for now, we will get to the question, don’t worry” Valerie stated. I was amased how without even given a question, students hands shot up to answer what they “thought” the question may be. I feel as though this is proof that the I Notice, I Wonder activity really gets students minds going. While listing everything they notice, their minds start turning and they start wondering about the problem.