5 Strategies to Deepen Student Collaboration. Most of us who teach believe in the power of collaboration and frequently engage our students in collaborative activities. But how many times have we put students in groups only to watch them interact with their laptops instead of each other? Or pursue their own individual goals instead of consult with one another? Or complain about a lazy teammate? Promoting real collaboration is hard to do well—and it doesn’t just happen on its own.
If we want real collaboration, we need to intentionally design it as part of our learning activity. These are five strategies to encourage effective collaboration. Create Learning Activities That Are Complex Students need a reason to collaborate. Complex activities are challenging, engaging, stimulating, and multilayered. Prepare Students to Be Part of a Team Collaborative groups can’t be assigned—they have to be built and nurtured.
Minimize Opportunities for Free Riding Create small groups of no more than four or five people. Reference: Wonderopolis | Where the Wonders of Learning Never Cease | Wonderopolis. How to: Inquiry | YouthLearn. Will you ever just walk into class and ask, "Okay, what do you want to study today? " Of course not. Inquiry-based learning is founded on students taking the lead in their own learning, but it still requires considerable planning on your part. Projects must fit into your larger program structure, goals and plans, but the students will be actively involved in planning the projects with you and asking the questions that launch their individual inquiries.
The Importance of Planning It's impossible to project all the possible ways in which you can build inquiry into programs, projects and activities, but preparing for most projects involves three basic steps: Pre-planning: Before going to the kids, determine any preliminary factors or characteristics that must be true in order to achieve your larger goals or plans.
Ask questions such as "Where could you find resources to answer your questions? " Step-by-Step Through the Techniques Step 1: Posing Real Questions Step 2: Finding Relevant Resources. What is Inquiry-Based Learning? Introduction to Inquiry Based Learning. 35 Educational Resources to Encourage Inquiry & Inventive Thinking. This is a sponsored post. 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!
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Pinterest is a veritable smorgasbord of great ideas across all grades and subject areas. What are your favourite online resources for inspiring kids to think? You may also like: Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation. What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand.
" The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolutions to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge. "Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning.
" A Context for Inquiry Unfortunately, our traditional educational system has worked in a way that discourages the natural process of inquiry. Some of the discouragement of our natural inquiry process may come from a lack of understanding about the deeper nature of inquiry-based learning. Importance of Inquiry Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today's world.
The Application of Inquiry. Secondgradealicious: Five for Friday??? Could it be? Could it really be? Ahhhh yes it is Friday. My long lost friend. My BFF. I haven't linked up for Five For Friday in MONTHS! I was asked to take part in a totally inspiring collaborative inquiry project...about inquiry learning/teaching. We worked on a strategy that works really well in the classroom! Essentially you just place a question, or a word/topic in the middle of the wall and students record related questions or ideas on sticky notes.
We started working on some inferring this week and used this activity from Comprehension Connections. We've also been working on writing Excellent Endings! You can find that interactive notebook activity in my store or by clicking here or the image above. My students have been working on an inquiry about countries around the world. They conducted a hot chocolate and cookie sale to raise money for the school in Uganda and they managed to raise $900 (with some help from some fellow awesome TPT sellers as well)! Toodles Heidi. What is the Question? | Relief Teaching Ideas. This is an activity that is usually used in maths but I think it also works really well as a revision tool! Simply write an answer on the board, students then write questions to match the answer on post it notes.
They can read through their notes or handouts to help them. They can stick their questions around the board. Alternatively, they can write the answer in their books & list questions under or around it. You can use this activity to: – review a person, place or thing – look at a character or setting of a book the class has read – practice number sense (write a number as the answer & students need to write equations to equal that number.) I love how versatile & easy to set up this activity is! Hope you find it useful too! Like this: Like Loading... Teaching Elementary Reading with Inquiry Circles. Primary Years Programme (PYP) Information / Inquiry Cycle. The Go To Teacher: Inquiry Circles. We have started our Nonfiction Inquiry Unit and I am beside myself!
I love, love, LOVE the way the students get so pumped about reading and learning facts!! To start out our reading unit, we used a modification of a Chart Chums chart to look into what it means to be an investigator. We changed Develop Theories into Research to help with our approach to inquiry. After picking research topics, we used our strategy of Questioning to help us guide our research. As the class was grouped off into their own inquiries we also did a class inquiry into space to model thinking and expectations. We then started to Determine Importance by asking, "What's important here? " Since we are researching multiple text to find out information on a topic, I knew we needed to start comparing and contrasting and doing the REALLY big work of Synthesizing.
To help us with Synthesizing my team created a half sheet giving the students the language stem and a rubric of their expectation.