Inquire Within currently has contributors from twelve countries…

Edna Sackson is Teaching and Learning Coordinator at an IB Primary Years Program school in Melbourne, Australia. Ed’s home blog is What Ed Said. She is excited by globally connected learning, of which this blog, Inquire Within, is a prime example.

Jina Belnick is a learning support teacher at an IB Primary Years Program school in Melbourne, Australia.Jina is passionate about student ownership and learning through inquiry. Her bog is The Space of Jeans.

Tyler Rice teaches kids science at a small high school in central Washington, USA.  Inquiry is his passion!  Tyler’s home blog is Wisdom Begins with Wonder.

Alfonso (Al) Gonzalez teaches 6th and 8th grade Science in a rural middle school in Chimacum, WA, USA. He blogs at Mr. Gonzalez’s Classroom.

Mary Wade is a former PYP 5th grade teacher in Utah, USA. She’s currently away from the classroom for a few years with her 3 young ones, but meanwhile stays on this learning adventure through their curiosity, her PLN, and blogging for

Maggie Hos-McGrane is an IT teacher at an IB school in, Mumbai, India.  She is passionate about using technology to transform learning and blogs at Tech Transformation.

Gareth Jacobson is PYP Co-ordinator & IT Facilitator at the American International School / Dhaka in Bangladesh. He is passionate about inquiry, conceptual learning and empowering learners with a sense of “I can.” His home blog is Makingthinkingvisible.

Sean Grainger is Vice Principal at Glendale Sciences and Technology School, an inquiry based, tech integrated K-8 school in Alberta, Canada. He has way more questions than answers. Sean’s home blog is KARE Givers.

Tania Ash is a fifth grade teacher in Rabat, Morocco. She loves the journeys students take with their questions, and is passionate about empowering them to affect change. Her blog is The Agora.

Jason Graham is a Grade 1 teacher and Learning Technologies Coordinator in Bandung, West Java, Indonesia. He is a PYP workshop leader and tries hard to integrate technology whenever meaningfully possible. He blogs at The Learning Journey.

Cameron Paterson is the Mentor of Learning & Teaching and teaches history in North Sydney, Australia. He recently completed a Masters in Education at Harvard University and taught in Harvard’s teacher education program in urban public schools. Cameron loves teaching but wants to blow up schools. He blogs at It’s About Learning.

Tanja Galetti is the Primary Teacher Librarian at Hong Kong Academy. She is passionate about reading and about supporting students in their inquiries by helping them acquire the necessary skills to find the best resources. Tanja blogs at HKA Primary Library and occasionally at Tanja’s Journey.

Taryn BondClegg is a learner first… teacher second… currently in Kuwait… originally from Canada. Taryn shares her experience as PYP Coordinator on her blog Making Good Humans and experience as a Grade 4 PYP teacher at Risk and Reflect.

Mike Kaechele teaches social studies in a just opened PBL high school in Grand Rapids, Michigan., USA. He also blogs at Concrete Classroom.

Malyn Mawby is an ICT integrator, maths and computing teacher who prefers cross-curricular work. She is a frustrated artist working at being less frustrated. She asks a lot of questions. Malyn is from in Sydney, Australia and blogs at Love2Learn.

Naini Singh is a Grade 4 PYP teacher, currently based in Hyderabad, India, who loves being part of a community of learners. She loves to learn, laugh, sing, and dance, in that order! Her blog is Learning Never Stops.

Fiona Birkin is Head of Learning Resources at an IB Primary Years Program school in Melbourne, Australia. Fiona’s home blog is fiLearning. She is a thinker, curious about the world, excited by technology and passionate about literature and the human mind.

Christianne Cowie is the PYP Coordinator and Deputy Head for Pre School at Colegio Anglo Colombiano in Bogota, Colombia. Christianne’s Blog is My Learning Journey.

Brian Neises is a MYP Coordinator and Science teacher at Phuket International Academy in ThailandHe is passionate about using technology in the classroom to enhance, not distract, student learning.  Brian blogs at

Steve Box is Team Leader (4-6) and Year 5 Teacher at an IB Primary Years Program School in Brisbane, Australia. He likes to engage inquisitive minds and be engaged by them in return. You can read his rambles at his blog Feeding My ED-diction.

Tasha Cowdy is a Reggio inspired PYP teacher at Yokohama International School in Japan.  She is exploring ways of helping young children make connections with the wider world. She blogs at Precious Moments.

Craig Dwyer is a PYP Coordinator at Kyoto International School in Kyoto, Japan.  He blogs about teaching and learning at Teaching Paradox.

Dave Secomb is the PYPC/Vice Principal of an IB school in Korea. He is passionate about three things: teaching, learning and Aussie rules football (not necessarily in that order). Dave blogs at Global Initiations

Kristen Blum is a PYP Grade 5 teacher and literacy coordinator at Yokohama International School in Japan. She is passionate about teaching language and helping children find their spark. Kristen blogs at Solid Ground.

Kath Murdoch is a teacher who teaches teachers about teaching.  She is widely known for her practical work on inquiry and has written many popular  books for teachers. Her work in inquiry based learning finds her teaching and learning in classrooms all over the world.  She blogs at Just Wondering.

Gallit Zvi is an Elementary School Teacher in Surrey, BC, Canada.  Gallit’s home blog is Integrating Technology: My Journey.  She loves #geniushour and learning with her students. Gallit loves sharing with her PLN on twitter and tweets from @gallit_z.

Bo Adams serves as Director of Educational Innovation at Unboundary, a strategic design studio in Atlanta, GA, USA. For almost twenty years, Bo taught school and fulfilled instructional leader roles such as principal. His work focuses on school change and blurring boundaries between school and real life. Bo’s home blog is It’s About Learning.

Lana Fleiszig is Numeracy Co-ordinator and a Year 6 Mathematics teacher at an IB Primary Years Program school in Melbourne, Australia. Learning with understanding is at her core.

Darryl Anderson is MYP Coordinator and Humanities teacher at KIS International School in Bangkok, Thailand. He is interested in learning about effective leadership skills, technology strategies that enhance learning, and truly getting to the heart of what MYP calls inquiry.

Bart Miller is a Grade 6 PYP teacher in Tokyo, Japan. He is passionate about authentic inquiry across disciplines. The arts play a key role in his classroom and he enjoys nurturing and encouraging creativity. He is active in the Connected Learning Community and blogs at Symphony of Ideas.

Dale Worsley is a staff developer, institute speaker and presenter, and author of educational resource books. He has most recently edited and co-authored Journeys in Communities of Practice: Stories and Strategies of Professional Inquiry from Around the World, due out from IB in early fall of 2013. His blog is Classroom Voice.

Louise Robitaille is an elementary teacher in Ontario, Canada. She is passionate about inquiry-based learning and about using iPad technology effectively in the classroom. Louise is co-creator of  Inquiry Based Lerarning with Peter Douglas and she blogs about classrooms in action at Inquiry Based Learning Blog.

Tanya de Hoog is a passionate Canadian educator who loves puzzling over curriculum as a meaningful way to promote inquiry and purpose-driven learning. Tanya’s home blog can be found at The PiEd PYPer.

Bianca Hewes is a high school English teacher on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, Australia. She enjoys creating memorable and challenging learning experiences for her students and often writes about these on her blog .

Peter Skillen is Manager of Professional Learning at the YMCA of Greater Toronto in Canada. He has been involved in technolgy supported, inquiry-based learning since the mid-1970s–particularly as it relates to learner agency, passion, and cognitive intent. Peter blogs at The Construction Zone.

Aaron Davis is a Middle Years teacher in the western suburbs of Melbourne, Australia. Although his background is in English and History, he also has a keen interest in 21st Century Learning. He blogs at Reading Writing Responding.

Miranda Rose is an enthusiastic Canadian educator currently living in New Delhi, India. She loves wondering, discussing, experimenting and exploring about learning. Miranda is passionate about inquiry, conceptual learning and being a part of thinking and inquiring communities that span the globe.

8 Responses to Contributors

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  2. Mary Collins says:

    Reading through the list of contributors, it’s fascinating to see which words (including different word forms) appear repeatedly, or at least more than once. Collaborative, learning, technology, inquiry, questions – to name but a few. It certainly got me wondering. How would such a group of educators with a shared passion for inquiry and learning actually define ‘inquiry’? If inquiry is all about asking really good questions, what exactly IS a really good question? What makes children such brilliant inquirers and how can we as educators help them to sustain this passion for inquiry (as opposed to getting in the way)? What is it about schools that often hinders children’s natural tendency to inquire in a meaningful, relevant way? Lots of questions! 🙂


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  4. Trish Fenton says:

    Mary – I believe a really good question is one you ask (or don’t ask but reveal in some other way) because you genuinely want to know more about something. That’s it – no tricks – no clever techniques for the way questions are phrased – just a real desire to know and understand. But of course, inquiry comes in many forms – not just the interrogative!


  5. NainiS says:

    I’d like to continue to contribute !


  6. Janine's Music Room says:

    Mary, I agree with Trish that the desire to know and understand is the heart of inquiry! As educators, the first thing we need to do is place ourselves *alongside* the students rather than in front of them, ready to fill them with our knowledge.


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  8. Very nice information about the school, I really like your blog. Please keep sharing this types of blog


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