Noticing and Learning


  • Pencil and Paper
  • Lightbulb Component

A good way to start learning is to spend time noticing carefully. Look around the room you are in and choose a small object to look at closely. You may already know a lot about this object, so look closely until you notice something new. Move the object to look at it from a different perspective. Continue to notice until you discover something else new. Wonder: What does it do? What is it for? What is it made of? How was it made? What else can you wonder about?

Draw and explain what you notice, wonder, and imagine. Be precise, and draw even the smallest details. If you think you've drawn everything, rotate your object to look from a new perspective and make another drawing. We call this observational drawing. We often use drawing as a way to communicate and understand things. Drawings can be used to show others what you know and think.

Look at your Lightbulb Component and notice it carefully. Explain out loud what you notice. Be precise. Look at the smallest details. Just like you did with your object, draw your component. Notice all of the small parts that make up the component block. How many different materials can you name?  Wonder: What are all of the parts for? How do you think it will it work? 

Turn your component over so it is upside down. What do you see now? How do you think the parts you are seeing are connected? Can you follow the pathway of any of the parts from one side to the other?

We learn by spending time thinking, noticing, wondering, and imagining, but also by spending time explaining these thoughts by talking, writing, or drawing. By sharing our explanations we can teach others what we know, share knowledge, work together, and learn.

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