Category Archives: Collaboration

Creating a Culture of Science in the PYP

I gravitate toward all things inquiry, and today I clicked on a Ted Radio Hour podcast called “The Spirit of Inquiry.” What could be better than jogging and listening to a podcast about inquiry. Geekily…well, nothing. I’ve been preparing a … Continue reading

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An inquiry into homework

It comes as no surprise that the issue of homework in elementary classrooms is quite the hot topic these days. In thinking about starting my year back in the classroom I decided that I – like many other teachers around the world -was … Continue reading

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Before we close the door…

This blog came to life, six years ago, with an invitation to inquiry teachers to ‘inquire within’ if they were interested in sharing their reflections on inquiry learning in this collaborative space. At first there was interest and growth, but then … Continue reading

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‘Making’ Does Not Equal ‘Constructionism’

‘Making’ is about empowering students to ‘make up’ their own minds. ‘Making’ is about empowering students to ‘make up’ their own minds—quite literally—regardless of the artifacts being constructed. This is the view I prefer to take. ‘Making’ should focus on … Continue reading

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The better to inform you with

This entry was originally published in my blog Ser y Estar: https://rafangel.wordpress.com ‘Oh! Grandmother,’ she said, ‘what big ears you have!’ ‘All the better to hear you with, my child,’ was the reply. ‘But, grandmother, what big eyes you have!’ … Continue reading

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Student Voice and Learning

I can’t imagine a school without a discussion. I teach 4th grade, but I’ve had great discussions with my kids in 4th and when I taught 5th as well. When I’ve visited a 1st grade classroom many times this year, … Continue reading

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PYP Exhibition Website

Last week, I led a Roundtable Discussion at the AGIS (Association of German International Schools) Conference.  Following our discussion I acted on something that has been brewing in my mind for a while – the need for a space for … Continue reading

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Step aside

“People can make choices to support the sustainability of the Earth’s energy resources.” Me to students : Does that make sense? Students to me: (after a while)…not really… Their understanding of “energy” during the pre-assessment task also reflected a superficial … Continue reading

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Knowledge Building: What is it Really?

Isn’t it really just learning by another name? We hear a lot about knowledge building in education circles these days! What is it anyway? Why don’t we just call it learning? Where did this term knowledge building come from? When … Continue reading

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Using Visible Thinking Strategies to Develop Expert Learners

Supporting Inquiry with Scaffolded, Collaborative Journal Writing Visible thinking is all the rage. I’m glad! Back in the day–we usually referred to visible thinking as explicit thinking. But, as with many solid, worthwhile constructs, they are not readily adopted and … Continue reading

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