Provocation Examples
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Provocations: Deliberate and thoughtful challenges created by the teacher with the intention of initiating thinking, extending ideas and exposing individual learning needs in order to inform practice. Effective provocations cultivate curiosity through a combination of a carefully selected stimulus and high quality prompts or questioning. Provocations motivate students to think creatively; to discuss, questions, predict and hypothesize. They challenge learners to engage in big ideas, encouraging further inquiry whilst supporting students in taking control of their own learning pathways.
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World Cup Probability

World Cup Probability | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

Mathematics / Year 7/8 / Statistics and Probability / Chance

Compare observed frequencies across experiments with expected frequencies -
Predicting likely outcomes from a run of chance events and distinguishing
these from surprising results.  
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World Cup distracting students? Make it work for you

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Book Club

Book Club | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
This challenge was created as an ongoing, collaborative learning journal
for reading.

Australian Curriculum Reference:

English / Year 5 / Literacy / Interpreting, analysing, evaluating

Navigate and read texts for specific purposes applying appropriate text
processing strategies, for example predicting and confirming, monitoring
meaning, skimming and scanning
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Using Verso to create online collaborative reading journals is a great way to start a Book Club in your school!

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Show, Don't Tell

Show, Don't Tell | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

English / Year 6 / Literature / Creating literature

Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have
experienced in innovative ways

* planning and creating texts that entertain, inform, inspire and/or
emotionally engage familiar and less-familiar audiences
Verso App's insight:

This provocation was sourced specifically to motivate students to emotionally engage their potential audiences. Students were encouraged to 'show' their audience how the kayaker was feeling without actually stating how he was feeling.

 
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Pipe Cleaner Inventions

Pipe Cleaner Inventions | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

Science / Year 1 / Science Understanding / Chemical sciences

Everyday materials can be physically changed in a variety of ways

Predicting and comparing how the shapes of objects made from different
materials can be physically changed through actions such as bending,
stretching and twisting
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This provocation was found online and added to the class Google Drive. It was curated in order to allow students to apply concepts covered in class to a situation using real world objects.

 
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Angle Estimation

Angle Estimation | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

Year 5 Mathematics: Measurement and Geometry - Geometric reasoning:

Estimate, measure and compare angles using degrees. Construct angles using
a protractor

 
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This provocation was create using PowerPoint and then added to the class Google Drive.

The teacher wanted students to share the strategies used to form estimation of angles. Students needed to draw on any prior knowledge of acute angles and other common angles such as right angles.

Student discussion within the knowledge communities highlighted prior understandings and misconceptions, allowing the teacher to group students according to like needs.

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Balanced and Unbalanced Forces

Balanced and Unbalanced Forces | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Science/Year 7/Science Understanding/Physical Sciences.
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This teacher wanted to provoke student thinking and questioning so they created this clip using their mobile phone.  Since the provocation was created inside Verso, it was automatically added to the list of videos the teacher could select from their Youtube Account.  

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Useful Sources of Information

Useful Sources of Information | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference: Geography / Year 5 / Geography Inquiry and Skills / Collecting, recording, evaluating and representing Evaluate sources for their usefulness and represent data in different forms, for example, maps, plans, graphs, ...
Verso App's insight:
This provocation was found online. The teacher saved the map image to their Google Drive so they could easily link this provocation to Verso.
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Connecting with the Kinder Kids

Connecting with the Kinder Kids | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference: General Capabilities: Intercultural Understanding - Collaborate, share and exchange Typically by the end of Year 6, students: * select and use appropriate ICT tools safely to share and exchange information and to safely...
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Amanda & her Students brainstorming ways to connect with their Kinder partner class in USA
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Flipping Provocations Using ABC Splash

Flipping Provocations Using ABC Splash | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference: Science / Year 8 / Science Inquiry Skills / Evaluating Use scientific knowledge and findings from investigations to evaluate claims: Flipping a provocation using a URL...
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The ABC Splash content was added to the flipped provocation using the  add link function in Verso.

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Flipping Professional Development

Flipping Professional Development | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Examples of Verso being used to flip professional development and to create
innovation networks
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The following examples have been taken from a Math's PD event and an exercise for SingTel in Singapore.

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Energy Transfer

Energy Transfer | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference Science / Year 8 / Science Understanding / Physical sciences Energy appears in different forms including movement (kinetic energy), heat and potential energy, and causes change within systems...
Verso App's insight:

Steve adopts a "show me don't tell me" approach to initiate learning using the following provocation. The provocation was created and assigned following a lesson focused on different types of energy, in advance of a series of lessons looking at energy transfer and energy conservation.

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Healthy Lunch Box

Healthy Lunch Box | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Challenges students to choose a healthier lunch and supports them to
identify what healthy and unhealthy looks like. 

Australian Curriculum Reference:

Technologies / Design and Technologies / Foundation to Year 2/ Design and
Technologies knowledge and understanding

- identifying and categorising a wide range of foods, including Aboriginal
bush foods, into food groups and describing tools and equipment needed to
prepare these for healthy eating
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Descriptive Writing: Sensational Settings

Descriptive Writing: Sensational Settings | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

English / Year 6 / Literature / Creating literature

Create literary texts that adapt or combine aspects of texts students have
experienced in innovative ways

* planning and creating texts that entertain, inform, inspire and/or
emotionally engage familiar and less-familiar audiences
Verso App's insight:

This provocation was sourced by the teacher to inspire students to use descriptive language to  paint a picture of the setting to potential audiences.

Students had to use their own skill set to make their initial response. This response unlocked the learning community where they had access to view and comment on the responses of their peers. This allowed students to provide peer-to-peer feedback to one another, building upon their ideas.

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Reconciliation

Reconciliation | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
AusVELS Reference:

Civics and Citizenship - Level 10/ Learning Focus

Students explore Australia’s multicultural society. They learn about the
past and present policies of government in relation to ATSI people and
immigration, and the values and beliefs which support a harmonious
multicultural society.
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This provocation was found on YouTube. An additional YouTube link was added for students to copy and paste in a web browser. This allowed students to view, compare and contrast the two stimulus.

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First Fleet Australia

First Fleet Australia | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference: History Year 4: Historical Knowledge and Understanding * Stories of the First Fleet, including reasons for the journey, who travelled to Australia, and their experiences following arrival. ...
Verso App's insight:

This provocation was used prior to the beginning of a unit of work.  The students were going to be studying The First Fleet including the groups of people who were transported on the ships and their experiences.  The teacher recorded the Botany Bay song, written by Florian Pascal, for students to listen to and then they were to respond to the questions.   

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Developing Quality Comments

Developing Quality Comments | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference: English / Year 5 / Literacy / Interacting with others Plan, draft and publish imaginative, informative and persuasive print and multimodal texts, choosing text structures, language features, images and sound appropriate...
Verso App's insight:

To comment or not to comment?

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French Revolution

French Revolution | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

History / Year 9 / Depth Studies / 1.
Verso App's insight:

This provocation was found on YouTube. It is a great example of the work of Amy Burvall ( http://www.amyburvall.com/#!social/ck9w ) The video clip mentions many key people, places and events from the French revolution. The teacher chose this video clip to engage students and stimulate them to recall any prior knowledge of the French Revolution. Students responded by adding any additional people, places or events from the French Revolution, as well as expanding upon those mentioned within the video clip.

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Should Australia Become A Republic?

Should Australia Become A Republic? | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference: English / Year 6 / Literacy / Interacting with others Participate in and contribute to discussions, clarifying and interrogating ideas, developing and supporting arguments, sharing and evaluating information,...
Verso App's insight:

This video was found on YouTube and curated in the teacher's own channel. The teacher carefully selected this clip to provide students with some initial arguments for and against Australia becoming a republic, engaging students with the topic.

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Information Literacy - Website credibility

Information Literacy - Website credibility | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it

Australian Curriculum Reference: The Australian Curriculum (Information And Communication Technology (ICT) capability) 

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Investigate with ICT – Define and plan information searches - develop and use criteria systematically to evaluate the quality, suitability and credibility of located data or information and sources.
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Mass, weight and inertia

Mass, weight and inertia | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference:

Science Year 7: Science Understanding, Physical Sciences.
Verso App's insight:

The provocation was added from the teacher's YouTube account where it had been saved as a favourite. Students were supported by the addition of key vocabulary, offering the teacher visibility on students' understanding of key terms and concepts. 

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Trigonometry: The Magic Ruler

Trigonometry: The Magic Ruler | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
Australian Curriculum Reference


Mathematics / Year 9 / Measurement and Geometry / Pythagoras and
trigonometry

Apply trigonometry to solve right-angled triangle problems
Verso App's insight:

This provocation preceded a lesson where students tested their formulas. The teacher used Verso to group students according to ability, with the higher attaining group investigating the consequences of raising the angle of the ruler to 40, 45 and 50 degrees.

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Effective Provocations: Inquiry based flipping

Effective Provocations: Inquiry based flipping | Provocation Examples | Scoop.it
I have come to believe that flipped learning was born as a response to the
failings of traditional teaching in meeting the needs of every learner.
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Great science and maths examples of Inquiry based flipping. Fantastic provocations 

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