This week, the Grade 1 boys were let loose in the non-fiction area of the library for the first time. (Ms. Walker has been practicing her cat-herding skills for just such an event.) To introduce them to the idea of information books that can help them find answers to their questions, we read a wonderful new picture book about William Kamkwamba, a young man in Malawi who – with a curious mind, some library books, and a lot of creativity and ingenuity – built a windmill to produce electricity for his village.
William is a great model of what we’d like our students to be: curious, creative problem solvers. The boys loved the story and were eager to look for answers to their own questions in the non-fiction area! Here’s William at TED Talks a few years ago – what an amazing story!