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Who is driving the inquiry?

Stay with me here. This is not just a story of what we did, but rather a look into how we inquire. I will need your feedback and ideas by the end of this!What we didWe started out investigation of natural landforms and settlement … Continue reading

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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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