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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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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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Project Based Learning: Don’t Start with a Question

End with a Question through Tinkering-Based Learning Do you have to start project-based learning (PBL) with a question? (Oh, wait a second! Am I starting this post with a question?) This is something many people ask. I understand why this … Continue reading

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Some Teapot Math: Take 2, Part 1

Several years ago, we began a teapot project. Created in collaboration with teachers from China and YIS in Japan, the idea took off and has been running the last several years. The teapot has traveled from Japan to the US … Continue reading

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It’s about educating the whole learner!

Just because Maths is timetabled for periods 3 and 4 on a Tuesday, it doesn’t mean that it has to be taught as a subject in isolation. As educators we often reflect on our lessons and ask ourselves; how could … Continue reading

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How do inquiry teachers teach?

This post was first published a few weeks ago on my own blog justwondering.com.  It has sparked many useful discussions for me both on and off line. Given the followers of THIS illustrious blog are such keen inquirers, I thought … Continue reading

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An Unexpected Class Visitor

My sixth graders and I recently began our student-driven inquiry and project-based learning on human rights. This is my second year to use project-based learning into my classroom, and I hope everything I learned from last year’s Dive Into PBL will merge … Continue reading

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Action Research- Fun and Learning?

  by  mrsdkrebs Rationale Statement: My seventh grade teaching colleagues and I returned from Christmas break with a new direction.  We are realizing more and more within the context of our inquiry based school that to authentically teach inquiry learning skills, we … Continue reading

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Modeling Inquiry

In general, I like to classify classroom inquiry activities into three general categories: Independent, Guided, and Modeled. Independent Inquiry I have blogged fairly extensively about Independent Inquiry and created a wiki dedicated to supporting interest-driven learning in the classroom. Independent inquiry should be totally … Continue reading

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Provocation on Spelling

I have always been, what is considered to be, a poor speller. The kid who was once kept in through lunch and had to miss out on a special whole school treat after lunch (yes I struggled for 2 hours) … Continue reading

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