This week I focussed more on the success criteria of a ‘good’ provocation. I used the definition that our mentor, Jan, gave us to guide me.
‘I like to think of provocations as something that a teacher uses to spark
questions, interests, ideas, theories, discussion and debate. Provocations
should engage and extend children’s thinking. In Early childhood Education
the term is used to describe materials, media, questions, resources and
even the teacher!( so pretty much anything you add to your learning spaces)
Provocations are intentional, deliberate and thoughtful.’
I came up with this criteria for a provocation to be effective as a learning tool.
.the provocation is placed in a location in the room that is relevant
.the provocation is linked to a learning intention from the formal curriculum
.the provocation extends the thinking about the investigation focus or the learning task
.all children are aware of the provocation and its use in their learning
This morning we all looked in each other’s rooms and discussed how to make our existing provocations more relevant to our fortnightly statement of intent and formal curriculum. I will place more literacy based provocations around my areas as I have been focussing more on Mathematics. I aim to provide opportunities for the children to use these provocations in their formal curriculum and I want to allow more time when I am tuning in to show how to use each provocation and its use.
Our level also discussed using a child who incidentally used a provocation during investigation time as a ‘freeby’. This will be a positive reinforcement and an incentive for using a provocation. The children will also have a reason to discuss individual provocations and their possible uses.
I think that by directly linking the provocation to formal learning, I will be giving more children the opportunity to identify a purpose or understand their learning. I also believe that identifying the provocations to students who struggle with their learning will give those children more opportunities to extend their thinking and learning.