I attended a workshop with Georgia Heard last year. The workshop was for grades K-4, so as a fourth grade teacher, I was a bit worried about how much of the workshop I'd be able to apply in my classroom. Many of the things presented were for younger grades, but there was one thing I knew I wanted to try.
My Wonder Wall is on the back of a closet door. My students put post-it-notes with their "wonderings." It could be something totally random like, "What's the biggest stuffed animal?" to something we are learning about in class, "Which state was the last state to join the USA, Hawaii or Alaska?" Each Friday I go through the Wonder Wall and pull questions down to talk about together. If they are questions I can answer (Google is my best friend for this) I will answer their questions. Some of their questions are more thought provoking-"why do people pick on others?" We take those types of questions and discuss them together as a class.
I love the Wonder Wall. When students ask me questions in the middle of a lesson that I don't know the answer to I tell them, "That's a great question for the Wonder Wall!" The student who thought of the questions will jot it down on a post-it mid-lesson so we don't forget.
Do you have a Wonder Wall in your room? What do you do to create a sense of wonder in your classroom? I'd love to hear your ideas!