Every year throughout Richmond Elementary School scholars go about guided discoveries of familiar habits and new ideas. Guided discovery is a teaching strategy used to introduce materials or practices in classrooms and beyond. The primary goal of Guided Discovery is to generate interest and excitement about classroom resources and help children explore their possible uses and expectations. Guided Discovery also provides opportunities to introduce vocabulary, assess children’s prior knowledge, and teach responsible use and care of materials.
Educators at RES believe strongly in providing time at the beginning of the year to review, introduce and practice in areas throughout our school building. Here's a sample of what a guided discovery in our cafeteria might look like:
Scholars practice this in type of process in their classrooms, on the bus, on the playground, in the hallway, in the music room, art room, even the office and nurses office. It's an important part of our practice and helps ensure that our learners feel safe knowing the expectations and are given the opportunity to practice, explore and share.
More information about guided discovery (as explained in the Responsive Classroom) can be found at this link.