Inquiry Meeting For Eaapa 09


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Vaughan van Rensburg, Principal of Pakuranga Heights School was the guest speaker at the EAAPA (East Auckland AP Association). This is his presentation on inquiry learning within the revised New Zealand Curriculum.

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Inquiry Meeting For Eaapa 09

  1. 1. Inquiry Learning EAAPA- 11 June 2009 Vaughan van Rensburg
  2. 2. 21st- Century Challenge  Integrate knowledge from multiple sources and media  Think critically  Collaborate  Learn how to learn  Information discerning
  3. 3. What ‘s InquIry learnIng ?
  4. 4. “Inquiry is a systematic investigation or study into a worthy question, issue, problem or idea.”
  5. 5. New research is more like shopping and cooking. We expect students to select and gather the choicest raw ingredients with great care and then cook their own meal. No microwave research reports! No fast food! No simple cut-and-paste. The secret to great research is Great Questions . . . Jamie Mc Kenzie
  6. 6. Inquiry Learning and the revised NZ Curriculum
  7. 7. We have learnt from experience that too much curriculum is not conducive to good learning When developing your school based curriculum start with a basic central core of what you see as being absolutely essential for you pupils. There is, and will always be, huge pressure on schools to keep adding to their curriculum
  8. 8. revIsed nZ CurrICulum an OppOrtunIty
  9. 9. Managing Self Managing self is associated with self-motivation, a “can-do” attitude, and with students seeing themselves as capable learners. It is integral to self assessment. Students who manage themselves are enterprising, resourceful, reliable, and resilient. They establish personal goals, make plans, manage projects and set high standards. They have strategies for meeting challenges. They know when to lead, when to follow and when and how to act independently. independently This is a complex mixture, students will not exhibit this Attitude competency in any consistent manner, their attitudes, Understanding understandings and skills will change from day to day, Skills context to context, and situation to situation.
  10. 10. Why Inquiry Learning?  Student ownership  Knowledge is constructed  Scaffold learning  Guide on the side  Just in time skills
  11. 11. Pakuranga Heights School Hive of Learning Levels 1 Motivation, Exploring, Exposure  Remembering  Brainstorming   Defining Immersion Immersion  Saturation  Availability of information Understanding & Inventing the idea 2  Thinking  Understanding  Setting goals   Coming up with the idea Establishing the authentic task Fertile Question  Mapping/sorting/synthesizing  Thinking about the audience
  12. 12. Research & Relate to the idea  Investigating 3  Collecting   Collating Making sense of the information Research/Sift/Sort/  Analyzing  Comparing/graphing/contrasting Analyse  Applying and designing Creating the idea, Audience Presentation 4  Building  Constructing  Designing  Publishing Communicate  Producing  Presenting  Displaying Evaluate 5  Judging the outcomes  Assessing Evaluate  Evaluating the process
  13. 13. Auckland Regional Council (ARC) Action Learning Model
  14. 14. What is Scaffolding? Scaffolding is a temporary structure which provides help at specific points in the learning process. It allows learners to complete a challenging task which they would not be able to accomplish without help. Scaffolding is a structure. By giving students some structure when solving problems, it can ~ Provide them with clear step by step directions. Allows students to break a large task into more manageable steps. Can help students on task and focused.
  15. 15. Visual Scaffold
  16. 16. Levels of Scaffold Shared Inquiry Guided Inquiry Independent Inquiry
  17. 17. Skill Teaching  Questioning  Note Taking  Summarising  Skimming  Scanning  Evaluating  Communicating
  18. 18. thInkIng tOOls
  19. 19. Audience
  20. 20. Assessment D e a th b y a s s e s s me nt
  21. 21. What makes an effective inquiry experience?  build on their existing knowledge and skills  select topics of interest.  explore a variety of resources  communicating their findings.  share with real-world audiences.  be evaluated on both process and product.  evaluate themselves, their peers and their resources.
  22. 22. ICT & Inquiry • Research Tools • Home/School Connection (LMS) • Sifting Sorting Tools • Communication Tools
  23. 23. Quality Inquiry Environments  Formulating a problem or a fertile question.  Searching through and collecting information to address the problem or question.  Making sense of the information, and developing an understanding of, point of view about, or 'answer' to question.