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How to Design a Classroom Built on Inquiry, Openness and Trust

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. I think letting students “go” without any structure will likely create failure, especially if students haven’t spent much time collaborating. Many teachers have likely engaged in some type of inquiry or project-based learning, but with frustrating or dismal results. When I start with a new group of students, the design is tight. I’ve also discovered I need to teach the difference between collaboration and cooperation. Start with creating one inquiry unit in one subject. Talk to your students about their learning — a lot.

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Integrating the 16 Habits of Mind In outcomes-based learning environments, we generally see three elements in play: 1) learning objectives or targets are created from given standards; 2) instruction of some kind is given; and then 3) learning results are assessed. These assessments offer data to inform the revision of further planned instruction. Rinse and repeat. But lost in this clinical sequence are the Habits of Mind that (often predictably) lead to success or failure in the mastery of given standards. In fact, it is not in the standards or assessments, but rather these personal habits where success or failure -- in academic terms -- actually begin. Below are all 16 Habits of Mind, each with a tip, strategy or resource to understand and begin implementation in your classroom.

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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. 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. MindMup: Zero-Friction Free Mind Mapping Software Online - Mind map in your browser This operation requires a valid MindMup Gold License. To export, save, publish and embed larger maps using MindMup Gold, please log in or sign up for a Gold account. Enter your e-mail or account name and we'll send you a one-time password. We have sent a temporary access code to your e-mail. Please wait, your license is being restored

The Humanities Are More Economical — Pacific Standard The Humanities Are More Economical What teaching political philosophy and efficiency have to do with each other. By Danielle Allen The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning Inquiry Learning Teaching Strategies Getty By Thom Markham Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. It seems the 12th graders were acting more civilly toward the junior class in the hallways. Minds in Bloom: 72 Creative Ways for Students to Show What They Know As we all know, students already get plenty of tests, so why not let your students show what they learned creatively? Whether your students are reading independent books or your class has just finished a unit on space or pioneers, a culminating project can really cement that learning. Here are 72 fun and creative ways for your students to show what they know:Create a posterMake a PowerPoint PresentationDesign a modelMake a shoebox dioramaUse a three-panal display board Make a timelineCreate a board game incorporating key elements. Have you done one of these with your students? How did it go?

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