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THE FRACTAL NATURE OF INQUIRY

    I had a deadline looming. A term paper that needed to be done in a week. One week, and of course, I hadn’t started yet.   A friend had given me a book about a terrible couple of … Continue reading

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THE BEGINNINGS OF AN INQUIRY INTO ‘STORY’

    At the beginning of the year (way back in August), I introduced the concept of a 50 word story to help engage my students with writing. They love to tell stories, but often they got bogged down in … Continue reading

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the power of doing it again

I have written before about this strategy. It is partly inspired by Making Thinking Visible, and a vague memory from a poetry workshop with Larry Swartz. I have adopted it to my own needs. Here is how it works: The purpose of the activity is … Continue reading

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The Roles and Principles of Creative Leadership

I have just finished Out of our Minds: Learning to be Creative by Sir Ken Robinson.  This is the third time I have read this book, but the first time I have read the second edition.  It is hard to consider this … Continue reading

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10 Pictures

This project came together as a way to tie up our learning at the end of our current unit.  I wanted the students to give a presentation to the class about one geographical region of Japan, and what makes it … Continue reading

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The Case of the Missing Corn

I came into school, as I always do on a Monday morning, filled with an odd mixture of tiredness and excitement.  Outside of my classroom window, I spotted the class garden.  Horror!  Shock!  Despair!  The class corn was gone.  All … Continue reading

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Teacher Vs. Student Inquiries

So, I’ve got this great unit planned.  I thought of an engaging provocation to hook the learners.  It worked.  They are loving it and they are following every step of the way.  It is engaging, fun, and full of opportunities … Continue reading

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Inquiry Teapots

This is an absolutely wonderful project that is screaming out for international collaboration.  Think of it like a chain letter, but math related. @Namastececi send out a call on Twitter to see if anybody would like to be the recipient of a teapot … Continue reading

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Emerging and Evolving Schedules

ASIDE: In this post, I am trying to hash out an idea in my head, and explain something that I do that is not exactly very easy to explain.  The explanation is rough, and it is a work in progress. … Continue reading

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The many ways to inquire

At the same time I have both a feeling of incredible freedom and creativity, and frustration with the structure of the units I teach.  On the one hand, the frustration comes from the focus of the units central idea, inquiry … Continue reading

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