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What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning? Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know.

What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

It’s about triggering curiosity. Linking librarians, inquiry learning, and information literacy - To thrive, schoolwide inquiry learning programs need support from librarians.

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The particulars of inquiry learning may vary from school to school, but the underlying principle is the same: Students choose a topic of interest to them, study it at depth, and share what they’ve learned. The art of inquiry: 10 practices for the inquiry teacher — Kath Murdoch. Of all the blog posts I have written, the one that has been read, reposted and mentioned most often- is “How do inquiry teachers teach?”

The art of inquiry: 10 practices for the inquiry teacher — Kath Murdoch

That was back in 2014. In the intervening years, more and more of my work has centred on the question of how. Looking back, it strikes me that this work has provided an important balance of emphasis. I am passionate about designing (planning) for inquiry. Downloading digital content in SCIS. What is Inquiry-Based Learning? Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class. Adopting an inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach in my classroom has been the most meaningful change I have made in my teaching.

Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

The benefit of increased student agency in learning, the authentic connections we make to the world around us, and the 21st-century skills IBL nurtures are great reasons to explore how inquiry can enhance what you are doing in your classroom. But with great opportunity come challenges all educators should consider before diving into inquiry. Perhaps one of the greatest mistakes the inquiry teacher can make is to give too much agency over learning to learners too soon. Using Project-Based Learning To Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy For Deeper Learning.

Using Project-Based Learning To Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy For Deeper Learning by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought PD One of the central features of high quality project-based learning is the pedagogical relationship between the Driving Question and the “Need to Knows” that stem from it.

Using Project-Based Learning To Flip Bloom’s Taxonomy For Deeper Learning

In the video below I use the Explain Everything app to show how teachers and schools, using a process of rich inquiry, can leverage great thinking and learning by flipping how you approach the concepts behind Bloom’s Taxonomy. Instead of starting at the bottom and focusing on the teaching and learning of content prior to moving up, consider flipping that approach by starting at the top and asking students to create an authentic product with a strong Driving Question. Doing this can help the teacher facilitate deeper learning of the content and skills we find at the lower level as students identify and pursue what they need to know, remember, and understand to create and meet the challenge of the project.

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do. 4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do by Lauren Ayer, M.Ed.

4 Things All Project-Based Learning Teachers Should Do

Gone are the days when students were expected to sit passively at desks while teachers lectured endlessly, expecting children to soak up the information being thrown at them. About - Library Supported Inquiry. 5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works - Schedule a TeachThought Professional Development PBL Workshop For Your School > 5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works by Drew Perkins, Director of TeachThought Professional Development Interested in learning more about how to leverage great thinking and learning using authentic project-based learning?

5 Characteristics Of Project-Based Learning That Works -

Check our PBL Workshop Services. Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources. Welcome to this fourth post in a series that brings STEM, STEAM, and Maker Space together with Project Based Learning and proper technology integration in the classroom.

Part 4: STEM, STEAM, Makers: Turning STEM to STEAM… 24 Resources

You will discover around one hundred resources in this series along with some great ideas for finding student success. Before reading, please take a moment to subscribe by email or RSS and also give me a follow on Twitter at mjgormans. I promise you will find some great information coming your way in the posts that follow…So sign up now and please pass this on with a retweet. – Mike Gorman ( The Phases of Inquiry-Based Teaching. A central goal of education is teaching critical-thinking skills.

The Phases of Inquiry-Based Teaching

Inquiry-based teaching is an excellent path to this goal. Based partly on the philosophy that “humans are born inquirers,” the method focuses on student discovery over pushing information from the instructor. Along the way, the students explore multiple sources and contexts, ask questions and pursue hypotheses, and work to apply their theories to new and diverse situations. In doing this, they actively discover the interrelatedness among concepts, topics, and theories. In general, all inquiry-based teaching follows three phases.

Phase 1: Formulating Questions and Initial Understandings First, students are oriented to a problem, phenomena, or goal. 35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking. This is a sponsored post.

35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking

I’ve scoured the internet, including all of my favourite social media sites, to bring you a fantastic collection of online inquiry and inventive thinking resources that I know will inspire and motivate both you and your students. The collection includes Lego, science, practical activity ideas, engineering, videos, animation, technology and a tonne of fun facts – so there is sure to be something for everyone!

Sean Kenney Lego Certified Master Builder’s YouTube Channel: Best-selling author and artist, Sean Kenney, uses LEGO toys to build anything and everything you can imagine. CSIRO Crest: CREativity in Science and Technology (CREST) is an Australian non-competitive awards program supporting students to design and carry out their own open-ended science investigation or technology project. Pinterest is a veritable smorgasbord of great ideas across all grades and subject areas.

Project Approach Study Guide. Mastering Assessment Language: Trusty Tips and Tools. The formative assessment rubric is an amazing and revealing tool. They are made all the more effective by carefully considering the language we use. Mastering assessment language is an art form in itself. Like all other art forms, it takes time to perfect. Proper formative assessment tells us what students have learned.

It shows what areas need improvement, and reinforces the learning process. Where Am I? How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust. Teachers who are interested in shifting their classrooms often don’t know where to start. It can be overwhelming, frightening, and even discouraging, especially when no one else around you seems to think the system is broken. A question I’m asked often is, “Where should a teacher begin?”

Should teachers just let students go or is there a process to good student-centered inquiry? I’ve reflected on this a fair amount, and I think small strategic steps are the key. The Inquiry Process, Step By Step. Australian Curriculum inquiry skills scope and sequence. 3 Ways Coding and Gaming Can Enhance Learning. Coding isn't just for computer science any more. Educators are finding that teaching students to write code and design games enhances learning and creates engagement.

These examples illustrate how coding and games are being used across the curriculum and at all levels, as well as why great teaching is at the very heart of this innovation. Connecting With Each Learner: Inform7 (Interactive Fiction for High School) Imagine a weather-beaten oak door. Clearing the Confusion between Technology Rich and Innovative Poor: Six Questions. ** We are seeking global opinions, please consider commenting with your thoughts and ideas of the definition of innovation** In a recent webinar, more than 90% of school leaders responded that they were leading an innovative school as a result of the implementation of technology.

SAMR Model Explained for Teachers. Below is a great video explaining the SAMR model in 120 seconds. SAMR is a framework through which you can assess and evaluate the technology you use in your class. Here is how the video below shared by Candace M explains the SAMR's four levels: Substitution In a substitution level, teachers or students are only using new technology tools to replace old ones, for instance, using Google Docs to replace Microsoft Word. the task ( writing) is the same but the tools are different. Sugata Mitra: Build a School in the Cloud. Group Work Strategies to Ensure Students Pull Their Weight. The idea for sharing this post came from a session I recently conducted at the annual teaching conference organized by my university. Mr. C's SharesEase. This great video clearly outlines Genius Hour movement happening in classrooms across the world!

6 Important Components Of Online Pedagogy. Originally posted on What makes you a good instructor in the classroom – does not necessarily translate to good pedagogy in an online learning environment. Online Learning Environments are becoming increasingly available for learners in all areas of education from primary grades right through to higher education. They require key considerations to be cultivated to promote success. The Components Of A Successful Online Learning Environment Whether you are building an Online Learning framework for primary students, college students, or for professional development among your colleagues, the basic premise remain the same – the Online Learning Environment should enhance the learning potential of your candidates. Student Competitions & Challenges. LightUp. Time to Start Making: Free Design Programs for 3D Printers.

By James Floyd Kelly One of the biggest tech trends to follow is the evolution of 3D printing — not just in the consumer market, but also in education. In fact, last month, the NMC Horizon report predicted that 3D printers will be seen in schools in the next five years, as students and teachers experiment with creating real objects out of plastic and other materials. Hack the Storybook — NEXMAP. Tips and Tools for Involving Students in Lesson Planning and Content Delivery. Planning for a trip can be just as exciting as the vacation itself, especially when the planning is shared between family or friends. The preparation process and this kind of shared communication about your upcoming adventure starts to build excitement, even before you arrive at your destination.

Later, you might reflect back on the journey by sharing this with other friends and family members--or sometimes, the adventure can be shared in real-time, depending on the tools that you are using. Teacher's Guide to Project-based Learning.pdf. Maker Studio - STEM Curriculum Resources by Dr. Wesley Fryer. A New Dimension of Education Technology. I bumped into SCiO and was inspired that it can actually change the way we design courses. SCiO is a mobile sensor that analyzes fine optical signals of an object, sends them back to the cloud database to do pattern matching, and returns the results to users.

Users can easily find out the calories of drinks, sweetness of melons (before buying them), and many other types of information. Moore Educational Pty Ltd. SAMR Model - Technology Is Learning.