Spark – A Student Investigation
The “spark” is the key to igniting student curiosity and drawing students into thinking critically about a topic or an issue. The spark piques the student’s interest in a particular topic or question and becomes the starting point for [a] student investigation into something that engages them.
As the key facilitator of the inquiry, the teacher provides an enticing spark—this could be anything from a scenario or case study to a video, editorial cartoon or a story from the media that helps kids see the many possible avenues of investigation within the topic.
A teacher hosts a pancake breakfast, but only half of the students get maple syrup on their pancakes because maple syrup wasn’t produced that year in their area. Was it because of climate change, or normal weather changes? This can spark students to think about the impact weather changes have on other things, too, like skiing.