When is a hula hoop not a hula hoop? When it's a Venn diagram
The author, a primary school teacher, explains how a simple activity which involved placing two hula hoops on the floor and the placement of activity cards within each by the students, generated genuine discussion about categorisation, including definitions and justifications, by students as young as six years. The author allowed most of the session to be conducted by the students themselves. The experience also let the author to reflect on her own teaching by standing back and letting the students take control of the lesson to a great degree. She concludes that this was one of those lessons that brought results well beyond what she expected and produced a couple of great 'wow' moments. [Author abstract, ed]
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