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Ramsey Musallam’s TED Talk on his "3 Rules to Spark Learning" inspires the need to foster students' curiosity. As educators, we want them to ask questions and explore their ideas, which can lead to a rich inquiry-based classroom. From young children whose mantra for everything is "Why?" to teens that require effective inquiry skills as part of their preparation for successful post-secondary life, this need is high. But our challenge is where to begin. Here are four protocols to help jump-start a culture of fostering student inquiry that, in turn, fosters questions and ideas. 1. The Question Formulation Technique offers a starting place to teach students how to construct questions that meet their needs. 2. One challenge to generating substantive questions and ideas is getting every student's voice heard. Post a topic as a statement starter or a question on chart paper for small groups. 3. Divide students into groups of 2-4. 4. Another benefit is providing practice with collaboration.

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Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers Why Questions Are More Important Than Answers by Terry Heick Clocks and old watches are miracles. If you’ve ever taken one apart and had a look at the intricate gears with their jutting teeth reaching out with just the right math to tick in rhythm with the pulse of the universe, you’ll see that whatever mind conjured the thing and all its parts is mad. Motivating the Unmotivated Here's an all-too-common scenario: A group of elementary or middle school students are unruly, disrespectful and underperforming academically and socially in the classroom. They do not appreciate the value of education. “What do you notice?” A first step down the path towards inquiry – Making Good Humans Last year I was new to the PYP and inquiry in general. I was excited to transform my classroom into an inquiry wonderland!!! But how? I wasn’t sure.

Creating Essential Questions Essential Questions created by Pat Clifford and Sharon Friesen Essential Questions develop foundational understandings. They provide the fundamental organizing principles that bound an inquiry and guide the development of meaningful, authentic tasks. Essential questions have several key components: Harry & Rosemary Wong: Effective Teaching - Teachers.Net Gazette How to Start Class Every Day Making Your Students Feel Seen Greeting students will have the most immediate impact on your day or each class period. A sincere greeting establishes a positive climate for the classroom. You experience greeting people in daily life.

Inquiry Cycle: Why, What and How? – Making Good Humans At my school, we use Kath Murdoch’s Inquiry Cycle. Many of our staff are new the PYP and new to inquiry-based teaching and learning, so we find this inquiry cycle provides some structure to the elusive process of inquiry. How do I use the inquiry cycle? What do the different stages of the process look like? The 80/20 Rule: Maximize Your Potential in Less Time What makes the biggest difference in your teaching? If you hop online to the places where teachers hang out and ask that question, you will hear a bevy of answers. It only begets more questions.

Going with the "Flow": Teachers' Perspectives about When Things Really Work, Online Submission, 2014-Jul-22 This research studies teachers' experience with the concept of "flow." Flow can be described as a state of being in which one is fully engrossed in the activity. When activities are in "flow," there is a sense of immersion, high energy, joy, and focus. In an analysis of fifteen teachers' reflections of flow experiences, five prominent characteristics emerged: engagement, authentic and meaningful experiences, relationships, learning environment, and flexibility and risk-taking. Recognizing the classroom conditions under which flow may occur could assist teachers in creating effective and engaging learning environments. Our research supports the idea that flow is not only desired but something that can be fostered.

What does inquiry look like? The first question in last night’s #pypchat on Twitter brought a wonderful range of answers from educators across five continents… What does inquiry look/sound/feel like? Vibrant, alive, expect the unexpected. – Jane 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback 7 Key Characteristics Of Better Learning Feedback by Grant Wiggins, Authentic Education On May 26, 2015, Grant Wiggins passed away. Grant was tremendously influential on TeachThought’s approach to education, and we were lucky enough for him to contribute his content to our site.

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. Sowing the seeds for a great year of inquiry: 10 tips for term 1. The school year has just begun here in Australia. It’s a time of great anticipation, resolution and excitement – I love the sense of possibility that accompanies this time. For many of us – having had a break – it is also a time of adjustment. In a sense, we return to our ‘teacher selves’ and with that, is an opportunity to think about that identity: how DO we see ourselves as teachers and how does this impact on the way we teach? I remember hearing Ken Robinson (in a lesser known talk) once describe teachers as gardeners.

How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn How To Give Students Specific Feedback That Actually Helps Them Learn by Justin Chando To tell a student “great job”or “this needs work” is a missed opportunity.