Tag Archives: curiosity

Three Levels of Inquiry

Year 5 students at my school are inquiring into how the growth and survival of plants are affected by environmental conditions. The world is helping them out! Level 1: The conversations on the 5B blog are evidence of the meaningful inquiry … Continue reading

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A Cool Educator

Another guest post by Fiona Birkin, Head of Learning Resources and member of my in-school PLN. Fiona, how about I just add you as a contributor now? A wonderful text I read in my recent two-hour technology blackout was The Pink Refrigerator by Tim Egan. … Continue reading

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Just Get Out of the Way Mrs. Ripp

So yesterday I finally did it…I started my first inquiry based project with strange new kids.  You see, I moved to 5th grade and my incredible team and I decided that we would shuffle our kids for math and a … Continue reading

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Great questions have legs…

I have some questions to ask you… Do you ask questions to check for recall of information? Or to help students clarify their thinking and construct meaning for themselves? Do you play ‘guess what’s in my head’? Or do you … Continue reading

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Today we will be learning about…

Remember when we used to start a new unit with the words ‘Today we will be learning about…’? Sometimes what followed next was ‘Please turn to page 46′. As a PYP school, we begin each unit of inquiry with a ‘provocation‘ that … Continue reading

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The persistent voice of curiosity

“Once recognized, perhaps the quiet yet persistent voice of curiosity doesn’t go away. Ever. Perhaps such curiosity will hurt until we come to understand the beauty of a journey that will never arrive at an absolute answer.” Godin says that for most of … Continue reading

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