Author Archives: kathmurdoch

How do inquiry teachers teach?

This post was first published a few weeks ago on my own blog justwondering.com.  It has sparked many useful discussions for me both on and off line. Given the followers of THIS illustrious blog are such keen inquirers, I thought … Continue reading

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Busting some myths about ‘the inquiry cycle’

(This post first appeared last month on my blog http://justwonderingblog.com) I once read an interview with a hero of my early teaching days – Donald Graves. He was asked about the way people had misinterpreted his ‘process writing’ model and … Continue reading

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How healthy is our inquiry planning?

(This post was originally published on my blog “justwonderingblog.wordpress.com”) Over the last few weeks I have spent a lot of time ‘at the planning table’ with teams in several schools. I always relish the opportunity to be part of a … Continue reading

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What true inquiry teachers DON’T say

  A version of this post appears on my blog http://justwonderingblog.com.  It was inspired by a recent trend in the twittersphere  “#whatnoteachersaidever.“   That this trended so quickly was fascinating.  By highlighting the statements we would NOT hear from a teacher … Continue reading

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What can kids teach us about curiosity?

I recently spent a fascinating morning with students at a local primary school – asking about a concept that I have been increasingly curious about – curiosity.  What did they think it was? Did they think they were curious? How … Continue reading

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Being the inquirer I want to see: lessons from an inquiry into Twitter, part 2.

‘In the first part of this post, I outlined four lessons I had learned through the early stages of inquiring into twitter as a means of professional development.   Here’s the remainder of that reflection  5. Sometimes it’s great just to … Continue reading

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Being the inquirer I want to see: lessons from an inquiry into Twitter part 1.

Somewhat late to the party,  I have finally entered the twittersphere.  I am still very green  and I’m a long way from the ’wow’ column in the assessment rubric –  but far enough into the process to glean some very … Continue reading

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Expecting the unexpected

I am just loving my regular dose of “Inquire Within.”   What a wonderful way to share the thinking and experiences of inquiry teachers around the world.    Sometimes I will read a post before walking into a planning meeting or beginning … Continue reading

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