After students chose their final idea, they had to provide information to
answer a questionnaire. The purpose of the questionnaire was to support
students to think, plan, and capture their learning process. The 5
questions they answered were:
My idea for my curiosity project is to ______________________.
What medium will you work with (painting, drawing, clay,
sculpture, mixed-media, etc.)?
What materials will you need?
Where did you get your ideas?
What makes you most excited about your curiosity project?
Next, we went to work. Children gathered necessary materials from
around the classroom and found spaces to keep their projects. We
worked on these projects continuously for the following three to four
weeks. Most students were working on their project up until the very day
before the art show (some even asked to come in during their recess
time). During the different stages of the project, I conferred with students
to support their thinking about different details they could add or how to
overcome unforeseen obstacles during their making.
The first step in the process: Brainstorming ideas.