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Using Decision-making and Entrepreneurial Thinking
Lisa Lawson is an elementary teacher, who co-teaches gifted students in grades 2 through 5, with Diane Dunlap at Claywell Elementary in Tampa, Florida. Lisa attends many of our workshops at the USF Stavros Center. In fact, the project in her classroom originated from two of the Sustainability Superheroes workshops she attended recently.
For example, Lisa used the “It's Broken Lesson” from the Design Thinking workshop. Students went for a walk around the school to identify a sustainability problem.
The Question Formulation Technique (QFT) is an effective strategy to teach students how to ask their own questions. It was created by the Right Question Institute and is now used by over 250,000 educators to spark curiosity and engagement from students of all subjects and grade levels.
So far, she has increased awareness of sustainability by doing the "What is Broken?" lesson. Lisa used the Question Formulation Technique to come up with lists of questions about problems the students found in the school and then categorized them. Each grade level chose a focus area based on their consolidated lists of questions.
The students created research questions and decided on a topic.
Lisa described the students’ projects:
In addition, students participated in a number of activities.
1.) Students created posters.
Fifth grade students created a poster discussing the solutions to the waste problems they saw in the school. These were the first steps in their research project.
2.) Students also created board games that used coding mice.
The students made their own game rules, and some students created cards that went with their games. The cards included sustainability facts or questions. After they created the games, they brought them to classrooms to play with other students.
Stay tuned to find out the results of greening the schools research!