Sending my pre-service teachers straight out of the lecture theatre on day one was probably a surprise for a lot of them. Their Mission? To explore, photograph, look, feel, record and see their environment and come back half an hour later and present their findings.
Keri Smith’s wonderful simple instruction for explorers in her book ‘How to be an Explorer of the World’ is full of things all children do naturally and something that traditional education slowly (sadly) teaches us to unlearn. So important – I thought – to see how tertiary students could cope with such a simple and open brief and what they could come back with. No theory – no right or wrong – completely open – only they could be ‘right’ – only they could identify what had struck them as interesting – what might lend itself to further examination or questioning.
A nice review of how Keri’s book was written by Maria Popova http://www.brainpickings.org/index.php/2012/08/24/how-to-be-an-explorer-of-the-world-keri-smith/
Smith, K. (2008) How to be an explorer of the world: Penguin