Enquiry-based routines can be very helpful in exploring Scripture with students. They encourage close observation and deep thinking using simple processes consisting of a few clear steps.
Thinking routines include
See, Think, Wonder
Think, Puzzle, Explore
Compare & Contrast
Connect, Extend, Challenge
One of U, Two of Us, Three of Us, All of Us
Peel the Fruit
Circle of Viewpoints
I Used to Think, Now I Think
What Makes You Say That?
See, Think, Wonder This routine is great for exploring religious artworks or artefacts and photos of the Holy Land.. The routine encourages students to make careful observations and thoughtful interpretations. It helps to stimulate curiosity and sets the stage for inquiry.
Think, Puzzle, Explore This routine is good for the beginning stages of exploring a topic. It helps students to connect with prior knowledge and to assess that in the light of further questions, careful observations and thoughtful interpretations.
This routine may be useful when approaching a scripture passage which is well-known (from childhood, from movies) but perhaps never closely studied (e.g., Noah’s Ark; The Ten Commandments). Students can find out how their ‘movie’ knowledge of a text compares or contrasts with the actual Word of God!