Inquiry

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Humans have no motivation to
learn if:
 They do not expect to be
successful
 If they do not see value in
what they do
That state of mind when
you are so immersed in
what you are doing that
you lose track of time.
…you wonder about something and you want to know it—in
fact you’re driven to know it because it’s intriguing, puzzling,
fascinating, and/or personally meaningful to you.
Diane Parker, 2007
Losing track of time...
1) A clear purpose, goals and
immediate feedback.
› Essential Questions should
guide work every day.
› Students always know where
they are heading and how
they are doing in the
journey.
2) A challenge that requires an
appropriate level of skill and
assistance in order to be
successful – Zone of Proximal
Development
› Front load
› Clear sequence
› Differentiation and layering
3) A sense of control and
developing competence –
students have a voice, an
opinion, some choice and can
name their growing competence.
› Think alouds
› Drama/ Action strategies
› Questioning and discussion
› Track success
4) A Focus on the immediate
experience – Current relevance,
making or doing, immediate
function, fun, humour, edginess,
debatable, exportability.
› Fun choices
› Student-chosen critical inquiries
› Enduring understandings and
essential questions
5) Importance of the Social:
Collaborative group work,
peer assistance and teaching,
social purpose.
› Engage in a contract to care
› Move into the community
› Talk about critical social
issues
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CLOSE
Teacher in the room
Educational
associate
Peers
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DISTANT
Authors
Practitioners
Speakers
Websites
Families
Media
Environment
All
teaching and learning is
relational. (Close and
distant teachers)
All teaching and learning is
social/ cultural. (Language,
domain literacies, context,
purpose)
Project-based learning
 Problem-based learning
 Group investigations
 Inquiry groups
 Guided inquiry
 Experiments
 Inquiry circles
 Simulations
 Experiential learning
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