Category Archives: Inquiry

Student Written Day Plans

Originally posted here. Before the year started I asked the question: Who should be writing the day plans? I also offered an uncommon answer: The students. So this year I decided to give it a try and I put the day … Continue reading

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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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A survival kit for teachers

Originally posted on The Space of Jeans Teaching a class must be one of the most challenging things to do. The responsibilities are immense, yet the rewards, while sometimes buried deep, are endless. Teachers are asked to: know every child – … Continue reading

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The Real Meaning of Inquiry: A parent’s story

Inquiry is always on my mind as I see its effectiveness again and again and again. Thanks Edna for your insightful, informative post recently about “10 Ways to Make Learning Meaningful.” It’s perfect, and perfect timing as I muse about … Continue reading

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Engaging all learners …

Posted on The Space of Jeans Observing the world, reading and viewing gives one a great opportunities to ask questions; reflect on one’s own practice and try to make meaningful, practical suggestions.    How do we get all learners to … Continue reading

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Teaching or learning?

Posted on The Space of Jeans Image taken from All Things Learning Here’s the question for today … What do we value more? Teaching or learning?  This question could be debated from many perspectives, with a huge amount of evidence to justify … Continue reading

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Assessment done with students, not to students

Posted on Risk and Reflect I strongly believe that assessment is something that should be done with students, not something that is done to  students. So this year, being back in the classroom, I wanted to put that belief into practice. We have just … Continue reading

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Who’s listening? Who’s talking?

Posted on  The Space of Jeans . The much discussed concept of learners identifying problems – not only solutions is at the forefront of mind today. There is much talk around teachers who talk too much. We know this is real. … 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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Inquiry is the answer, what are the questions?

Inquiry is the answer, what are the questions? This quick task was assigned to a group of teachers at a recent workshop on inclusion, highlighting how a simple, open-ended provocation can provoke curiosity, allow access for learners with diverse learning needs … Continue reading

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