This lesson consists of five units on the role of modeling and prototyping in invention education to spark new solutions to ease the water-access crisis. The information on this sheet helps to explain your function during this lesson and provides suggestions for how you can guide your students.
Written as initiative, project-based, inquiry-learning, this lesson deliberately has a reduced instructional role for you. The goal is to encourage student initiative, leadership, and team-building so that through their engagement they form a problem-solving creativity corps. This lesson requires each student to take turns as needed to perform leadership, administrative, and operational roles in the project by assuming/inventing titles in class exercises, such as Inquiry Manager or Conference Moderator. Eventually these roles replace most of your involvement because students respond to the needs of the project and generate titles themselves to become a self-organizing/assembling unit.
For this lesson, you function mainly as a facilitator or operations manager. Your role is to keep students safe and spark productive inquiry, problem-solving, and collaboration among students to find answers and organize themselves to take the next steps toward designing an improved approach for providing people in countries that lack water infrastructure easier access to fresh water.
Helpful directions might include issuing frequent affirming prompts such as: