Monthly Archives: December 2011

Is Teaching an Art or a Science?

When a pedagogy of ‘teaching by mentioning’ rewards formulaic learners, it can be easy to ignore that teaching is contextual and situational. When I teach I am often unaware of the value of my own experiential knowledge and, due to … Continue reading

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A measuring inquiry

This morning, before school, as I was writing a message to the children, Carl came into the classroom and began putting mathematics equipment on the table. “This is for mathematical inquiry” he explained. “Because that’s what we have to do. … Continue reading

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Resistance to change

I have some questions. Why are schools so resistant to change? Is it because of the entrenched patterns of institutionalised social relationships in schools? Is it due to the separate culture that grows within a school, binding personalities together and … Continue reading

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How do you analyse student questions?

We’ve had several posts recently at Inquire Within about ways to encourage students to ask questions, by Naini, Malyn and Alfonso. I’m a great fan of the Project Zero Visible Thinking program and its ‘thinking routines‘ which provide simple structures to support student thinking and questioning. … Continue reading

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Questions -v- Answers

As today is a public holiday, I’ve spent several hours on skype catching up with an old friend of mine from NIST.  The amazing thing about this was that even though she is in a different continent, the hours that … Continue reading

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Surrendering Control

A bird doesn’t sing because it has an answer, a bird sings because it has a song. ~ Maya Angelou I wonder about the connection between a desire to grade and my personality? I question the role my own ego … Continue reading

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Grading Dilemma

I teach in a school that requires me to hand in three classmarks each semester for Grades 7-10. These marks are totalled and then used in conjunction with the school-based common examination results each semester to sort the students. On … Continue reading

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A Fish-Friend Inquiry

Walter was excited to add his name to the agenda as soon as he arrived at school on Monday. Jessie, Walter’s mum, came to give me some background information so that I could support Walter as he explained his idea … Continue reading

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Can students inquire in a foreign language?

***Re-posted with permission from the author, Alison Yang.  Original post on the Collaborative Learner Blog. “Can students inquire in a foreign language?” This question is asked very frequently among my conversations with foreign language teachers. My answer is YES! If we … Continue reading

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Teacher inquiry leads to student inquiry

The more I read and contemplate about inspiring teachers to teach through inquiry, the more I see the forest instead of just the trees… If teachers are to become genuine facilitators of inquiry, they must be inquirers themselves! Research has … Continue reading

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