Why use Guided Discovery?
If you have ever used Responsive Classroom elements you are probably familiar with the term ”Guided Discovery”.
Guided Discovery is a intentional method of introducing classroom materials to students (both everyday materials and special occasion materials). It is structured in a “Positive Discipline” light (i.e. focusing on what students CAN do rather than what they can NOT do.)
After materials are introduced and students complete the personal discovery sheets the whole class outlines the proper way to use materials on chart paper. When poor choices are made later in the year they are easily redirected with a quick mention of the chart and the question “Is that how we are supposed to use…?”
A blank Reflection Sheet is also included for when students make mistakes or need reminders about how to properly use materials.
This method frees up the teacher to not need to imagine the millions of scenarios where things could be misused (ex. I would have never thought that I needed to tell my students not to stab glue sticks with scissors, but turns out, that’s the type of thing that would happened in my classroom before I began using guided discovery at the beginning of the school year). Guided Discovery provides clear perimeters and boundaries in the classroom without over using the terms ”no” and “don’t”, helping to create a positive and safe feeling of community and order in the classroom.
This packet has both structured and unstructured discovery sheets making it adaptable for different grades and age groups.
Guided Discovery pages included for:
blank guided discovery sheet
2 reflection sheets
I hope you enjoy and please let me know if you have any questions!