From the time we first learn to communicate we ask why. Human minds are naturally driven by wonder and curiosity. My four year old daughter wants to know the “why” behind EVERYTHING! I’ve heard many people say the same thing about their young kids, but then at some point, as we age, this questioning stops. I don’t think it stops because we’ve become less curious, I think it stops because we learn that when we ask why it often gets pushed aside and replaced with a what or some type of statement that “this is just how it is” and so we stop asking, but we don’t stop wondering. Many of us even spend our lives searching for our “why” and a few of us are lucky enough to find that in our careers.
As the school year begins you will be faced with the challenge of creating a culture in your classroom that can set you up for a successful year. One of the greatest challenges of working with young students is teaching them to put themselves aside and work as a team. When you are new to the world of project-based learning one of the most important things you will need to create in your classroom is a culture of interdependence between your students.