Inquiry for Juniors Jan-Marie Kellow http://www.inquiringmind.co.nz
"Wisdom begins in wonder" Socrates
This breakout affirmed the things we are doing and gave ideas about how to further cater for young children and children with limited reading and writing skills.
Keep it simple but ...
Don't dumb it down
Use authentic contexts
Some inquiries can be over and done within a couple of hours or a couple of days
Inquiry can be done as a series of mini inquiries , bringing all the information together at the end and making a decision
In the immersion stage set up activities that will inspire them to question
"... technology is not the focus of the learning, but it provides an essential vehicle for getting to the destination ...The inquiry - what the student wants to learn - provides the fuel for the vehicle. Without fuel the vehicle is useless."
Owens, Hester & Teale, 2002
Some good ICT resources include:
http://littlebirdtales.com / - draw a picture, insert oral commentary
digital camera / video
www. kidrex .org - Google search for children
Using Classroom Environment
Ongoing work on walls - include children's art
Wonder wall or two - one for current topic, one for unrelated questions
Synthesise bigger questions out of the little questions – more powerful putting it on the wall than doing it digitally – take photos of progress (from Julia Aiken breakout)
Post-it notes with answers to questions as they come up
Reliability of sources - tick post-it as a source is found. Aim for three. Use the story of Henny Penny to illustrate reliability of sources
Peers - beware putting together two peers of dissimilar abilities
Class discussions - teacher scribe
Older students - readers/scribes
Inquiry-based learning ... provides a perfect context for the Participating and Contributing competencies.
Awesome ICT with Juniors Jess Hardly - Waihi Beach School
Kid's 100 Awesome Things
"Neil Pasricha started a blog and it is now a book. His webpage counts down the 1000, awesome things."
Neil Pasricha you tube
– Email message –
“ Over the summer our teacher read your book , now Room 10 at Waihi Beach School are creating the Kids 100 Awesome Things. The kids make suggestions, then vote for the most awesome idea. Miss Hardley our teacher types like a maniac as we talk, then we check and edit her typing.
Awesome ICT with Juniors
Discovery Time Programme http://www.discoverytime.co.nz/
Waihi Beach School Approach
two classes combined
middle block on Friday
around 8 activities
built around key competencies
based on current learning
model what it looks like/sounds like
4-5 parents come in to help
covers multiple intelligences
Discovery Learning in action at Waihi Beach School
Electives Possibility for us?
Awesome ICT with Juniors
Story plan - title, plan, setting, main idea, materials
Requires a stamp of approval from teacher before executing
Editing programmes: I Can Animate, iMovie, jellycam, Video Studio