THE DRAGON, THE PRETTY WHEEL
MACHINE, & TEAMWORK LAND:
UNIQUE INQUIRIES IN THREE
Angela Mee Lee and Jessica Barksdale
“The child’s own instincts and powers furnish the material and give the
starting point for all education.” - John Dewey
Angela Mee Lee and Jessica Barksdale have made a home for learning and
exploring art and music where they teach music and art respectively to
the three-year-old through seven-year old students at ASB. At the recent
student learning morning Angela and Jessica gathered their kindergarten
classes, and invited their parents to learn about three unique student-directed inquiries that fueled learning during the year.
What was unique about these units? Instead of constructing one, preplanned pre-determined topic to teach to the three different
kindergarten classes, Angela and Jessica led and facilitated three unique
class-driven inquiries: The Dragon in KGA, The Pretty Wheel Machine in
KGC, and Teamwork Land in KGB. They did this by watching, listening for
the inquiries that were evolving in each of the classes, and then taking
action to guide, support and scaffold student-driven inquiries. What
follows are three stories of inquiry shared in a conversation.
Dragon Story - KGA
How did the dragon story become a class inquiry?
Angela: I think initially it started off in a cubby of fabric. Children were