New Year Inquiry Musings…

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New Year Inquiry musings

New Year Musings… Welcome back to the new school year. Over the holidays, post Christmas, we have been talking with lots of teachers to better understand the pressures, apprehensions and constraints that teachers face every working day about large and small decisions as well as all the bits in-between. One constant request is to make searching for inquiry-based learning resources … Read More

ABC OF INQUIRY – LANGUAGE OF LEARNING

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LANGUAGE OF LEARNING Communicator

ABC OF INQUIRY – LANGUAGE OF LEARNING ABC OF INQUIRY – LANGUAGE OF LEARNING  “The question of language has become the most important questions confronting us. ‘The whole curiosity of our thought now resides in the question. What is language, how can we find a way round it in order to make it appear in itself, in all its plenitude?’ … Read More

ABC OF INQUIRY – KNOWLEDGE

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Knowledge

ABC OF INQUIRY – KNOWLEDGE ABC OF INQUIRY – KNOWLEDGE  ‘We [need to] challenge the concept of static knowledge, replacing it with developing or evolving knowledges that tolerate an ongoing relationship to, and exploration of, what is known and what is not known.’  The Heart’s Narrative: Johnella Bird. KNOWLEDGE: The story of the Known Knowledge is a fascinating idea that could … Read More

ABC OF INQUIRY- JUGGLING

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JUGGLING

ABC OF INQUIRY- JUGGLING ABC OF INQUIRY- JUGGLING  “Some scenes you juggle two balls, some scenes you juggle three balls, some scenes you juggle five balls. The key is always to speak in your own voice. Speak the truth.”   Vincent D’Onofrio   JUGGLING:  So many balls in the air… Juggling is the finely tuned activity many teachers engage with everyday. Conflicting … Read More

ABC of INQUIRY – JIGSAW RESEARCH

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Jigsaw research

ABC of INQUIRY – JIGSAW RESEARCH ABC of INQUIRY – JIGSAW RESEARCH ” “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France JIGSAW RESEARCH:  Putting the pieces together… Jigsaw research is a great way to enable learners to explore complex topics and … Read More

ABC of INQUIRY – INQUIRY

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ABC of INQUIRY - Inquiry

ABC of INQUIRY – INQUIRY ABC of INQUIRY – INQUIRY  “What else should our lives be but a continual series of beginnings, of painful settings out into the unknown, pushing off from the edges of consciousness into the mystery of what we have not yet become, except in dreams that blow in from out there bearing the fragrance of islands … Read More

ABC of INQUIRY – INDEPENDENCE

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ABC of INQUIRY - Independence

ABC of INQUIRY – INDEPENDENCE ABC of INQUIRY – INDEPENDENCE  “The world is a very puzzling place. If you’re not willing to be puzzled, you just become a replica of someone else’s mind.” Noam Chomsky INDEPENDENCE: To explore what you can do… Being independent is defined by dictionaries as being free from outside control, self governing or capable of thinking or … Read More

ABC of INQUIRY – HETEROGENEOUS GROUPING

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ABC of INQUIRY - Heterogeneous grouping

ABC of INQUIRY – HETEROGENEOUS GROUPING ABC of INQUIRY – HETEROGENOUS GROUPING  Gillies (2008) concluded that students within heterogeneous cooperative learning groups demonstrated more cooperative and on task behaviour compared to the control group, which was an unstructured learning group.   HETEROGENEOUS: Mix it up… Heterogeneous grouping is based on forming groups around diversity and difference. It is most often … Read More

ABC of INQUIRY – GROUPING

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ABC of INQUIRY - Grouping

ABC of INQUIRY – GROUPING ABC of INQUIRY – GROUPING  “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world; indeed, it’s the only thing that ever has.”   Margaret Mead   GROUPING: Let’s get together… There are many forms of grouping in learning engagements and many purposes for grouping learners. Traditionally the teacher was in charge … Read More