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Boom! The Power of Questions. What an amazing #plearnchat we had on Monday, February 22nd, 2016!

Boom! The Power of Questions

Exciting conversations that went by so fast and started with the Big Question: "How can we empower learners to take control over their own learning? " We used the Q1, A1 format with these questions: Who controls the questions in your classroom and why? How can we shift control to learners to make learning experiences more meaningful? Every learner deserves the opportunity to be in control of their learning and to develop as learners.

Starr Sackstein, @MsSackstein, is a high school English and Journalism teacher at World Journalism Preparatory School in Flushing, NY where her learners run a multi-media news outlet at We had educators jumping in with their thoughts and ideas around the importance of questioning, how to teach learners to question and how the questioning classroom should look and sound. Here are a few of the tweets from our #plearnchat PLN: A few resources from the chat: Save the DATE in 2 weeks on. Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting. Even after eight years of teaching history, I struggle with helping my students retain and make effective use of their learning.

Making Learning Meaningful and Lasting

Several years ago, a returning senior asked if she could retake the final exam in my United States history course in September. She had earned a solid "A" just three months earlier, but after a long and eventful summer, she wanted to know how much she remembered. As it turned out, not much. My once-shining star had devolved into just an average student, earning a "C" on the same exam. She couldn’t recall historical intricacies that once rolled off her tongue, nor could she effectively articulate the main arguments for American territorial expansion from 1820 to 1860, and the impact this had in leading up to the Civil War. To better understand why this happens, I recently spoke to Mark A. Connect Content With Meaning My student found no reason to remember facts which meant little to her personally. Discourage Rote Memorization Encourage Self-Testing. Part Three: Inquiry in the Classroom.

Calvin and Hobbes is one of my favourite comic strips and the one above demonstrates how the education system focuses too much on facts and less on the development of skills.

Part Three: Inquiry in the Classroom

Inquiry not only helps students to acquire skills such as critical thinking, analyzing, and evaluating but it also helps with growth mindset. By asking essential questions, which are open ended such as the ones I have done in my class, students begin to realize that there isn’t one answer to a question and that the answer isn’t clear. This is where inquiry starts with students asking even more questions. Now, I want to take a minute to point out the difference between wondering and inquiring. Wondering leads to one right answer.

I think one of the best things about this unit was our literature circles. I always get questions about how to assess inquiry units. Why do you think that? How are you progressing? Again, as always, feel free to leave comments and questions! Mc craftingdrivingquestions. Inquiry-Based Learning. Inquiry-Based Learning. Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven. Overview Creating 21st-Century Learners At Ralston Elementary School, teachers build toward student-driven inquiry throughout the course of the unit.

Inquiry-Based Learning: From Teacher-Guided to Student-Driven

Starting with teacher-guided inquiry, teachers model how to develop questions over a series of lessons, showing students that there are multiple ways to solve problems. This prepares students to lead their own inquiry by the end of the unit. Ralston educators are building a culture of inquiry, empowering students to ask questions like: How do I problem solve through this? "We want kids to leave Ralston afforded every opportunity in the world, equipped to do whatever they want to do in their life," says Anne DiCola, Ralston’s instructional coach. How It's Done Begin With Guided Inquiry Teacher-guided inquiry can build background knowledge of the topic before letting students take the reins in developing their own inquiry. Teachers start with an overall guiding question.

Developinginquiryquestions. Teaching Students to Self-Assess: How do I help students reflect and grow as learners? (ASCD Arias): Starr Sackstein: 9781416621539: Books. Teaching Students to Self-Assess: How do I help students reflect and grow as learners? (ASCD Arias): Starr Sackstein: 9781416621539: Books.