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...

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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This is how inquiry teachers teach…

Since Kath has posted her ‘How do Inquiry Teachers… teach?’ here at Inquire Within, I’ll post my response here too… Traditional pedagogy sees the teacher provide a set of instructions, make sure everyone ‘knows what to do’, explain everything and … Continue reading

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Response to the dry spell…

Hi Al, Thanks for posting your honest self-reflection, in which you wondered if/where the inquiry has gone. “… I didn’t know if I wasn’t thinking inquiry because I haven’t been doing any inquiry with my students or because inquiry is … Continue reading

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