Overhead mystery is when Mr. Solarz will put a riddle up on the board, and we have to ask yes or no questions to figure it out. It is really fun to answer these riddles, and we also have to think a lot about them.
David is leading his own overhead mystery in the pictures. This isn't what we normally do, but it was fun too.
- I liked this learning experience because I love to figure out riddles, and that's all overhead mysteries are. But we also learn while we do it because we have to think out of the box.
- This learning experience taught me how to think out of the box on answers, and how to really think about the question to figure out the answer.
- Three 21st Century skills it improved are think interdependently, think creatively, and think and learn flexibly, because we have to be creative to find the answer to the riddles, we have to depend on other people's questions to figure some things out ourselves, and we have to be flexible because if we are sure we know the answer, but we figure out that we are wrong, we have to be flexible.
- Other teachers should do this because it is a fun way to learn, and it is really interesting and enjoyable. It will get kids to think differently, and it will get kids to speak up.
Order a copy of Red Herrings from Amazon here (this is the book that I use for the overhead mysteries): http://www.amazon.com/Red-Herring-Mysteries-Critical-Questioning/dp/1601441622/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1403383507&sr=8-1&keywords=red+herrings