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When students own the learning they are motivated…

“When can we do our mapping learning, Ms J?” Various students have asked me this question since our mapping inquiry time on Friday and Monday. I love how excited many of them are. You can read about my thinking about … Continue reading

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Provoking Curiosity

It takes a while before the children think of putting paper into this old typewriter to make it do something… They wonder if the flat disks beside it are the films for the old camera! They’re exploring a mini museum … Continue reading

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A Personal Journey into Inquiry

Inquire Within has become like a steamy cup of my favorite cup of Earl Grey tea and  really has brought me along professionally as an inquiry teacher. I feel like I’m new to the inquiry model. Years ago, I taught … Continue reading

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Environment for inquiry…

I shared this beautiful video with a team of teachers before a planning session this morning. I wanted to encourage them to think about ‘letting go’, students taking more responsibility for the learning and the teacher’s role in making this … Continue reading

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Assessment: Who’s in Control?

What if students were able to choose when and what they wanted to be assessed on?  That simple question was posed by colleague, recently to me in a staffroom chat.  It quickly exploded into an hour long discussion, that resulted … 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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Above And Beyond

What do you think of this video shared on Twitter today by @neilringrose? I started writing the post to accompany it, then changed my mind. Suffice to say, it encapsulates all of my schools learning principles. We learn in different ways, … Continue reading

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