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Friday, January 11 • 10:30am - 11:30am
Clean & Curious - Natural Enquiry (330)

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One of our greatest challenges in the school system, even with very young children, is to encourage our students' curiosity. Too often, our curriculum acts as an obstacle to developing this natural quality. Even in our science teaching, pressure to achieve particular results, to cover curriculum ground with large numbers of children, can result in reduced curiosity, increased passivity. Children can become attuned to (or disillusioned by) trying to guess what is in the teacher's head, rather than learning how to interrogate their own experience.

At Our Lady of Pity School, we use Clean questions to foster autonomous curiosity in our students. These 10, simple questions offer a pure form of enquiry, which can be handed over to the students, developing natural enquiry, and resulting in the emergence of classes as increasingly self-driven learning communities. The questions are content-free, which naturally minimise bias and enable assumption-free investigation. The use of these questions generates confidence in the students, particularly those who might otherwise doubt their own contributions. They discover the power of profound observation, deepening their exploration, as they engage in 'Clean' enquiry.

We find that Clean questions bring depth to any exploration and can be used in many different ways to deepen scientific enquiry. They generate deeper initial responses to scientific materials or phenomena; and they enable profound insight into the children's current scientific conceptual understanding. They can form powerful pre- and post- unit assessments, and form a platform for developing children's critical thinking. 

We will share with you some of the outcomes our students are generating with this approach and we will give you a real experience of the questions at work as we investigate a typical scientifc concept. You will have a tangible experience of the way these Clean questions deepen curiosity and develop natural approaches to enquiry.

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Amanda Maney

Assistant to Principal, Our Lady of Pity School
I am an accredited coach and systemic modeller. I use Clean questions to develop critical thinking for individuals and groups.
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Caitlin Walker

Director, Training Attention
I support groups to develop strategies for shifting their attention away from Conflict, Contempt and #Drama. When they're in contempt, they can detect it, acknowledge it, get curious and shift themselves and others. They can move from the addictive #Drama towards action. From a position... Read More →

Friday January 11, 2019 10:30am - 11:30am
Nuffield G13