Author Archives: whatedsaid

About whatedsaid

Teaching and Learning Coordinator at an IB PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a teacher, a learner, an inquirer...

Letting go is hard to do…

Guest post by Art teacher, Elena Sacks… As most specialist PYP art teachers know, time is always of the essence. We need to cram in as many skills and techniques into the year as well as tying in with some … Continue reading

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Adventure Time – An experiment in student driven learning

Most formal curricula have hundreds of outcomes. If you were to address them individually, you’d need to be at school for 24 hours a day, 7 days a week for about 20 years… What if you relinquished control and let … Continue reading

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An inquiry into our school…

Learning takes place through inquiry. Learning is most meaningful when the learners have choice in how they learn, as well as opportunities to wonder, explore, hypothesise and construct meaning for themselves. This is why we have chosen to structure our new … Continue reading

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Inquiry into ‘Inquire Within’…

Since opening the door to Inquire Within  just over four years ago, contributors have come and gone, enthusiasm has waxed and waned, there have been periods of abundance and periods of drought… Yet our 4,062 (plus!) readers are still ‘inquiring within’ … Continue reading

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An inquiry into ownership of learning…

What do you notice about Audri as a learner? We begin our Year 4 collaborative planning session with Audri… to generate thinking about the ways young learners own their learning, outside the classroom… The teachers notice and name his confidence, … Continue reading

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More on concept driven inquiry…

In a concept driven, inquiry based learning environment, we do NOT plan a series of activities to ensure coverage of the requirements of our national curriculum. Instead we spend our planning time reflecting collaboratively, exploring which conceptual lenses will produce the … Continue reading

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A concept driven inquiry into history…

The inquiry  Central Idea – ‘Investigating history helps us understand the present.‘ The teachers collaboratively develop a rubric for the desired conceptual understandings so that, with shared goals in mind, we can plan a couple of powerful provocations and then wait … Continue reading

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