Knowledgeable Resources to Support Student Learning
Explore knowledgeable resources to support student learning. The resources relate to applying knowledge to develop an in-depth understanding of ideas and concepts.
The IB Learner Profile states that knowledgeable students “develop and use conceptual understanding, exploring knowledge across a range of disciplines. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.” IBO
Characteristics of Knowledgeable Children
As teachers, we can instil a knowledgeable attitude in our students., which isn’t just about retelling facts and figures. The characteristics, which will exhibit in different ways depending on their age, include:
- acquire, apply and share knowledge
- look at different perspectives
- consider all factors involved
- ask questions to challenge and deepen their understanding
- reflect and analyze their knowledge
- show curiosity and search out information
- understand failure is part of gaining knowledge
In a previous post, Best Knowledgeable Books to Support Student Learning, I have put together a list of picture books you can use to promote the knowledgeable trait in your classroom.
Knowledgeable: Learner Profile Graphic Organisers
You can find a pack of Knowledgeable graphic organizers on Teachers Pay Teachers. Click on the images to see a preview of what is included.
In this section, you will find a wealth of resources to support your students learning specifically the knowledgeable IB trait. You will find a list of picture books, short videos, online resources and reading-related questions. It is important to engage your students about what they are learning and engage them in conversations or class discussions.
You will notice some of the recommended books below have a different style of book image. You can click on these images for a synopsis of the book and related online resources.
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- Did [character’s] knowledge impact their actions? How?
- How did [character’s] knowledge affect other characters and/or events?
- How did [character’s] curiosity help or hinder events?
- How did [character] analyse and evaluate the new information they discovered?
- What is the connection between curiosity and being knowledgeable?
- Why does failure help us become more knowledgeable?
- How does being reflective increase knowledge?
- How can you become more knowledgeable?
Knowledgeable Resources Online
- British Council: How to use inquiry-based learning with young learners
- Edutopia: Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions
- Reading Rockets: Knowledge in the Classroom
- Scholastic: Creating Curious Thinkers
- Scholastic: Essential Questions
- The Teaching Center: Asking Questions to Improve Learning
- User Generated Education: The Future Belongs to the Curious: How Are We Bringing Curiosity Into School?
- We Are Teachers: 10 Tips for Teaching Kids to Be Awesome Critical Thinkers
Knowledgeable Discussion Starters: Videos
These short videos can be used as discussion starters. Watch the video before playing them to your students. Some of them are simple while others are more complex or abstract.
Remember to check out Best Knowledgeable Books to Support Student Learning for more picture books.
I find the knowledgeable trait the most difficult to find resources for. What resources do you use in your classroom? Add them to the comments so I can add more to this page!
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