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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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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! Sean Kenney Lego Certified Master Builder’s YouTube Channel: Best-selling author and artist, Sean Kenney, uses LEGO toys to build anything and everything you can imagine.

36 Rainbow Activities for Babies, Toddlers, Preschoolers and Older Kids There are few things that make me as happy as rainbows! So this round-up is a celebration of just that. I've included my favorite rainbows from eight different sites (including our own) - and the activities apply to a variety of ages - there are rainbows for babies, for toddlers, for preschoolers, and even several activities that older children would still enjoy! Please click on the post title to be taken to the full recipe/tutorial on each site. :)

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. 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.

Teaching Tolerance - Diversity, Equity and Justice Illustration by Eva Vázquez In January 2010, the architects of Cleveland Metropolitan School District’s Academic Transformation Plan dropped the bomb on the students and staff of East High School. The school, along with 17 others, was slated for closure as part of the sweeping reform initiative. The rationales: poor academic performance, declining enrollment and the district’s $53 million budget shortfall. Raymond Cooke—the last senior class president the 110-year-old school would ever have—took the news hard.

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning By Thom Markham A grave miscalculation exists in the minds of many educators: That inquiry-based learning, project based learning, and 21st century competencies can flourish in industrial model schools. Under this world view, the inquiry goals of the Common Core State Standards are “strategies” to be added to the existing list of classroom techniques, while skills like collaboration, communication, or creativity can be taught despite 43-minute periods, desks in rows, and pacing guides set in stone. In other words, reaching the top of Bloom’s Taxonomy is important, but less so than maintaining regimental order.

Study: Why lonely teens stay lonely For many of us, being a teenager meant learning about loneliness. When I wasn’t busy sizing up my social status in high school, I was angstily listening to Sum 41 or Taking Back Sunday (that’s what kids listen to these days, right?), weeping over the fact that no one would ever possibly understand me. Normally, feeling lonely can be cured, at least temporarily, with an invite to a party or lunch or local chapter of Club Spongebob (complete with access to the Magic Conch). But for teens with chronic loneliness, social invitations can actually make them feel worse, according to a new study from researchers at Duke University and Belgium’s University of Leuven and Ghent University. These teens basically assume that, when they get invited to something, there’s a catch—and when they get left out, well, they have only themselves to blame.

educationalresearchtechniques Inquiry learning is form of indirect instruction. Indirect instruction is teaching in which the students are actively involved in their learning by seeking solutions to problems or questions. In inquiry learning, students develop and investigate questions that they may have. Housing a Forest It is still snowing, so we are making the most of it before spring hits! Remember the wonderful snowman the kids made in the kitchen a few weeks ago. We followed the same concept, but this time we decided to see what it would look like as the painted snow melted. We used our art trays (found at IKEA in the kitchen section) with cooling racks set on top to contain the snow as it melted. Watercolor paper works great since the paper will become soaked as the snow melts. Pile the snow on to your paper and begin painting.

20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning 20 Questions To Guide Inquiry-Based Learning Recently we took at look at the phases of inquiry-based learning through a framework, and even apps that were conducive to inquiry-based learning on the iPad. During our research for the phases framework, we stumbled across the following breakdown of the inquiry process for learning on (who offer the references that appear below the graphic). Most helpfully, it offers 20 questions that can guide student research at any stage, including: What do I want to know about this topic?