How to Set Up a "WonderLab": Reflect and Apply

How to Set Up a "WonderLab": Reflect and Apply

Reflect on the importance of creating space and a culture for wonder in your learning environment.


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This is part 3 of 3 in the How to Set Up a Wonderlab Learning Package. It is recommended to read these parts in sequential order.

Identifying resources and phenomena that your learners might find interesting is a great way to get started with a WonderLab in your classroom. Even something familiar to your learners can inspire awe and wonder when explored in different ways. See the activity titled “Making the Familiar Unfamiliar” for finding something new and interesting in something familiar. This is a great way to support learners in the scientific practice of asking questions around something familiar. Additional activities and tools to inspire wonder are linked in the Additional Resources of this learning package for you to explore. Finding ways to spark learners’ sense of wonder will inspire them to engage in the scientific practices to pursue answers. But true wonder leads to more wondering, which is when you know you have been successful at designing a WonderLab in your learning space.

Reflect on what you've learned so far.

  • Why is creating space for learners to wonder important?
  • How can you create a culture of wonder in your classroom?


Conijn, J., Rietdijk, W., Broekhof, E., Andre, L., & Schinkel, A. (2021). A theoretical framework and questionnaire for wonder-full education. Journal of Curriculum Studies, 54(3), 423-444.

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Elizabeth Wolzak, Director, Learning Innovation, Edu Lab, National Geographic
Heather J. Johnson, Vanderbilt University
Stephanie Hamilton, Education Consultant, Global Inclusive Learning Design Reviewer
Bayan Atari, National Geographic Society
Margot Willis, National Geographic Society
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April 1, 2024

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