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Darwin's Ways of Working
These are what we have identified as Darwin's Ways of Working, which we use to frame Darwin Inspired Learning:
- Close daily engagement with the natural world on his Beagle voyage, in Britain and especially in the countryside at Downe
- Walking the Thinking Path.
- Raising and solving problems through observation, questioning, argument and collaboration with others
- Investigating using experimentation usually making all his own equipment from everyday materials
- Building and using models to explain natural phenomena such as the ejection of orchid pollen
- Collecting written records of evidence and ideas in themed notebooks
- Reflection on evidence and ideas and building of theories
- Collaboration with others through letters and face- to -face to make sense of data and find new avenues for investigation.
- Collecting and comparing organisms, objects and habitats
- Classifying objects organisms and habitats and seeking to describe patterns
- Close observation of the natural world as it changes through time
See also Darwin's Big Ideas.