Going Deep in After School

By KellyAnn Bonnell, MA

When was the first time you “went deep” on a subject? I was about ten years old. I had just learned that April 15, my mother’s birthday, was the date the Titanic sunk. For some reason the fact that these two events shared the same date struck a cord in me. I wanted to learn everything I could about the Titanic. I spent hours in the library, going through the card catalog, finding anything I could on the great ship. At ten, I wasn’t particularly discriminating about what I read so. It wasn’t real research. I read news articles, scientific journals, and I read fiction. So much fiction. If the story had the titanic in it, I read it. I would go on to explore other topics in a similar fashion. King Arthur, the Middle Ages, Queen Elizabeth I, Catherine the Great – the list goes on and on. These were topics not addressed in school. Topics that had caught my interest.

In today’s world, our youth have the internet at their fingertips. They are “going deep” into a variety of topics. The quest then is how do we get them to share their learning?

One idea is to incorporate a weekly “Learning Circle” into your routine. Youth come together and share what they’ve been exploring. Sharing is not mandatory. Consider adding a learning circle to your routine.

 

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