? Interested in Inquiry ?

I know this year we’ve spent a fair bit of time thinking about and implementing more inquiry based lesson and units. While the point of inquiry is for students to discover their own learning and interests, we still do have curriculum and they still need guidance and some kick starts to get them going. Here’s some great resources I’ve found to support the inquiry interested inquisitors (try saying THAT 3x fast!)

http://guides.library.ubc.ca/inquirybasedlearning – lessons, units, books, videos targeting Elementary teachers, compiled by the UBC LIbrary

http://eduwebinar.com.au/web-tools-to-support-inquiry-based-learning – organizes it’s tools into helpful categories such as explore/locate, identify/define and create/share, making it easy to pinpoint which tools will be most effective for your specific needs.

http://www.inquiry-based.com/ – focus on SS inquiry units, but also has book suggestions, teacher resources and classroom in action videos.

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Teachers – Why School?

I recently read a great book (really more of a long essay for you time-strapped non-readers 😉 ) by former teacher, current blogger, presenter and author, Will Richardson called “Why School?: How Education Must Change When Learning and Information are Everywhere.”

First off, it was my first e-book ($2.61 on Amazon) which I read on my newly downloaded free Kindle app on my very old iphone. So you can do it too. It was a really insightful read on the importance of inquiry and how we teach in this technology driven world. I would highly recommend swapping out your morning starbucks for this one.

A few powerful quotes:

“We have to stop delivering the curriculum to kids. We have to start discovering it with them.”

“Remaking assessment starts with this: stop asking questions on tests that can be answered by a google search.”

“What if…at least half of the time {kids} spend on schoolwork must be on stuff that can’t end up in the Friday Folder? That the reason they’re doing their schoolwork isn’t just for a grade or to be pinned up in the hallway? It should be because their work is something they create on their own, or with others, that has real value in the world.”

A quote within a quote from psychologist Herbert Gerjuoy, “the illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write. The illiterate will be those who cannot learn, unlearn, and relearn.”

And lastly, “We can raise the teaching profession by sharing what works, by taking what the best of what we do and hanging it on the virtual wall.” Hence this book review and this blog!

If you have 14:05 this is great intro into some of his insights.