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Edutopia- Developing Student Questions

Edutopia- Developing Student Questions
Defining Inquiry Inquiry-based learning, rather than presenting a set of facts, uses student inquiries, questions, interests, and curiosities to drive learning. This level of student involvement makes the learning more relevant, encouraging students to develop their own agency and critical thinking skills. The Inspiration Wildwood was already using inquiry-based learning to some extent, but things took off for them when, in Principal Mary Beth Cunat's second year, the school put on an Inquiry Fair. The event was similar to a science fair, where students demonstrated their personal inquiries/projects and results, some of which aligned with unit content and some of which drew from their own personal interests. "All of the sudden, we see our students doing things that really matter to them, and they're excited and they're passionate, and they want to talk about what they're learning," says Cunat. It All Starts With Questions "Students are learning a process," says Cunat.

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edutopia- Inquiry Based Learning Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than the objective of mere information delivery. Nevertheless, despite its complexity, inquiry-based learning can be somehow easier on teachers, too. True, it’s seemingly easier because it transfers some responsibilities from teachers to students, but it’s really easier because releasing authority engages students. Teachers who use inquiry-based learning combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement.

Hattie’s analysis of inquiry-based teaching In his influential book Visible Learning, John Hattie presents his synthesis of over 800 meta-analysis papers of impacts upon student achievement. On a number of occasions teachers and teacher-librarians have told me that when they have advocated for inquiry learning approaches at their school, their senior administrators have not been supportive, citing Hattie’s research as showing that inquiry learning is ineffective. As someone who sees inquiry learning as powerful, higher order, authentic learning, I was dismayed at this news.

Ms. Twist's Classroom September 26, 2012 One thing that I’ve learned being an IB Age 3 teacher is it’s difficult to introduce the IB Learner Profiles, Attitudes, Concepts, Skills, and Action Cycle to the students. However, I believe it is possible and you can work them all in during Circle Time! We first begin our day my choosing our Learner Profile for the day. The students come up one at a time and choose the Learner Profile they would like to work on for the day. I ask, “What Learner Profile will you Choose, Act and Reflect on today?”

8 Switches To Update Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century - 8 Switches To Update Project-Based Learning In The 21st Century by Thom Markham Here’s some simple math: 1.8 billion youth need to be educated for 21st Century life. Five Steps to Driving PYP Instruction with Key Concepts Move over topic and content driven PYP instruction, it is time to let the conceptual based approach to learning take the steering wheel, put its powerful foot on the gas, and drive our students’ to deeper inquiries and learning! As a third grade teacher, this instructional shift has been scary, but so rewarding. I want share the five steps our team has taken to become more comfortable letting the PYP’s Key Concepts sit in the driver’s seat of our Units of Inquiry. A New Way of Driving (for me) I remember finally learning to drive a manual transmission after years of driving an automatic. It was awkward, unconformable, and confusing.

Preparing a Classroom Culture for Deeper Learning After reading an excerpt from the Declaration of Independence, students form a circle to engage in conversation about liberty and the pursuit of happiness. The inquiry circle begins with two questions posed by the teacher: What is more important, liberty or the pursuit of happiness? Are liberty and the pursuit of happiness inalienable rights? To begin, some students argue that liberty and the pursuit of happiness are only open to the people who follow rules within a society. Encourage your students to plan the unit of inquiry Dr Lyn Bird, Principal at Selwyn House School in Christchurch, New Zealand This article shows how to plan a unit of inquiry from the student perspective facilitating the same process that teachers undertake. “It is not enough to simply listen to student voice. Educators have an ethical imperative to do something with students, and that is why meaningful student involvement is vital to school improvement.” ~ Fletcher, 2003 ~ Teachers spend many hours planning units of inquiry in order to help their students learn new knowledge and to develop new skills and attitudes.

Resources for Getting Started with Project-Based Learning PBL Defined and Clarified What the Heck is PBL? by Heather Wolpert-Gawron (2015) In project-based learning, students show what they learn as they journey through the unit, interact with its lessons, collaborate with each other, and assess themselves and each other. A grade 2 math inquiry At the heart of the IB Primary Years Programme is the belief that learners learn best through inquiry and finding out for themselves rather than being told, and that learning is deepest when learners have a personal connection to the learning and share in the decision making about what they learn and how. In class we have been talking a lot about inquiry -what it means and what it looks like: It’s when you are discovering and finding things out.It looks like you are playing but you are learning at the same time.If you have an idea that you want to try and you do it again to see if it works, that’s inquiry.Sometimes it’s noisy! This week the children have had opportunities for “free” mathematical inquiry. We talk about how this is not a free play time, but a time to explore a mathematical interest or idea of their own choosing, with a view to finding out more.

3 Types Of Project-Based Learning Symbolize Its Evolution Project-Based Learning is an increasingly popular trend in the 21st century. The best evidence for this popularity might be the nuance it’s taken on. Project-Based Learning has gone from academic study that yields end-of-unit projects, to highly complex methods of creating and publishing student thinking.