Provocations and research time are essential elements of the learning process. These approaches are based on the belief that children learn best when they are actively engaged in their own learning, and when they are given the freedom to explore and investigate their own interests.
Provocations are carefully curated learning experiences designed to pique children’s curiosity and encourage them to explore a particular concept or idea. These experiences are open-ended, and allow children to approach the concept in their own unique way. Teachers carefully observe and document children’s responses to provocations, using the information to guide future learning experiences.
Research time, on the other hand, is a period of self-directed learning in which children are free to explore their own interests and pursue their own questions. During this time, children have access to a variety of materials and resources, and are encouraged to document their learning through writing, drawing, and other forms of expression. This approach fosters independence and self-motivation, as children are able to take ownership of their own learning process.