Tag Archives: elementary

An Unexpected Class Visitor

My sixth graders and I recently began our student-driven inquiry and project-based learning on human rights. This is my second year to use project-based learning into my classroom, and I hope everything I learned from last year’s Dive Into PBL will merge … Continue reading

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English Language Support programmes in international schools

After reading Edna’s thought-provoking article about a language inquiry I started thinking about the complexity involved in setting up English language support programmes in international schools.  As educators in an IB school we are all expected to be Communicators: “We … Continue reading

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Into Space… and beyond

I am thrilled to have been invited to join the group of Inquiry Educators who post in this blog. I do so enjoy reading the variety of thought-provoking and inspiring items. I would like to share my latest thoughts on … Continue reading

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Just Get Out of the Way Mrs. Ripp

So yesterday I finally did it…I started my first inquiry based project with strange new kids.  You see, I moved to 5th grade and my incredible team and I decided that we would shuffle our kids for math and a … Continue reading

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Teachers as inquirers

How much do you really know about the work of your colleagues? How often have you paused during your day, week or month and thought about what another class is doing and how they are doing it? When was the … Continue reading

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Can Inquiry Be Structured?

Short answer, yes. There is a time and a place for everything. And even with inquiry there is a time and place for structure. I think learning a structure like the one in this blog is great for elementary teachers … Continue reading

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Extend the Lesson for Inquiry

Science kits are great for elementary and many middle school teachers. I’m a generalist (got the early adolescent generalist national board certification before it went away), which basically means I dabble in everything, so the fact that I’m teaching only … Continue reading

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