The Pretty Wheel Machine - KGC
How did the Wheel Machine story become a class inquiry?
Angela: The Wheel Machine began as a celebration of a black and white
artifact that Pablo and Patrick completed during an afternoon music
session. I had been focused on other small groups and was thrilled when
the boys shared their final product after using the open-ended materials,
which they proudly called ‘The Wheel Machine’. After sharing it as a
display, other friends from other classes were inspired to create their
own wheels, wanting to emulate the “Wheel Machine” somehow.
Sometimes things come up one day and they may not come out again in
students’ work or conversations.
How did you decide this had the potential to become a meaningful
inquiry, that you needed to take if further?
Angela: From our conversations, and from the prevalence of circles, we
knew there was some magic there. I always struggle with a new inquiry
and with which way to take it. There is a beautiful artifact. Should I break
it down and that’s the end of it? How could you find that or relate to that
on an instrument? How could children move to represent that? What else
Patrick and Pablo with the first Wheel Machine.