Discovery learning is a technique of inquiry-based instruction. This approach to education is supported by the work of learning theorists and psychologists Jean Piaget, Jerome Bruner, and Seymour Papert.

LJA upper-grade students have been discovering the inventor of the telephone, Alexander Graham Bell, via video, books, and the internet. Bell was born and raised into a family that had a passion for communication. During the mid-19th-centry, Edinburgh, Scotland, was brimming with scientific and technological developments. Within this inventive time, Alexander Graham Bell played the role of attentive observer and eager participant. One truth seemed inescapable: through technology came betterment.

On March 10, 1876, as Mr. Bell and Mr. Watson were testing wires and conducting fluid. Bell spilled what they were using as a transmitting liquid–battery acid. Reacting to the spilled acid, Mr. Bell is alleged to have shouted, “Mr. Watson, come here. I want you!” Watson, working in the next room, heard Bell’s voice through the wire. Watson had received the first telephone call, and quickly went to answer it.

Discovery Learning is a wonderful way to learn about inventions and entrepreneurs’. However, discovering the love of Jesus is, and always will be, the best discovery of all.

Susan Zimmermann