Thinking about potential topics can be challenging – but it’s important not to get sucked into “Groupthink”
Groupthink: the personal desire for harmony or conformity in the group results in an irrational or dysfunctional decision-making outcome. Group members try to minimize conflict and reach a consensus decision without critical evaluation of alternative viewpoints, by actively suppressing dissenting viewpoints, and by isolating themselves from outside influences.
Don’t let yourself become influenced by your friends and what they are thinking about choosing for potential topics! Choose topics because YOU care about them.
Follow the path of the unsafe, independent thinker. Expose your ideas to the dangers of controversy. Speak your mind and fear less the label of ‘crackpot’ than the stigma of conformity. And on issues that seem important to you, stand up and be counted at any cost.
Thomas J. Watson
— Jen Friske (@JenFriske) March 24, 2015
As you begin the process of your Exhibition, here’s a graphic that will help you understand the process that you will go through as you undertake your inquiry. Use these steps to help keep you on track with your weekly expectations as listed on the blog.
Looking for topics or issues that may be of interest to you to explore further for Exhibition? Check out some of these links for ideas!
- Here There Everywhere
- Teaching Kids News
- Time for Kids
- CNN for Students
- CBBC Newsround
Gathering Information or ideas
- Kids Go Global – Explore, Act, Inspire
- Inspire My Kids
- DIY : Explore
- How Stuff Works
- Smithsonian Education
- The Wonderment
Inspring or educational videos/documentaries
What’s the difference between Primary and Secondary Sources?
Below, you will find a couple different explanations of what the difference is between primary and secondary sources. For your Exhibition, it is important that you access information from both types of sources to get the most accurate picture and information about your topic. Take a look.