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In order to move forward it is important to glance back……. So Where Have We Been?
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Reviewing the Inquiry Journey at Rotokawa school.
The Why: Initially we began by reading articles about 21 st Century learning. We looked at the rate of change in the world that is affecting children and how the methods by which we teach children are still stuck in the previous century.
” Compared with students’ technology-infused lives outside of school, the traditional classroom is a somber place” Mark Prensky
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In order to make education relevant to students’ lives and truly prepare kids for the future, we need to bring these after-school attractions into our schools.
Four important practices that can help are to:
Give students the opportunity to use technology in school.
Find out how students want to be taught.
Connect students to the world.
Understand where kids are going- that is, into the future-and help them get there.
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We each made Rotokawa Inquiry Vision statements such as….
For students to become aware of the variety of thinking and learning skills by investigation through inquiry and learning when to use them.
My children will start to become more independent, actively involved, motivated, inquiring learners, confidently more in control of their own learning.
My students will learn how to learn, to question, to communicate effectively, and to use information to make a difference to themselves and their communities.
We attended a workshop by Eric Frangenheim who has written the book “Reflections on Classroom Thinking Strategies”
This workshop gave examples of a range of thinking tools to engage the learner in a more meaningful way and to create a stimulating and dynamic learning environment.
Teachers came back to school and trialed many of his strategies.
In October we read an article in pairs by Kath Murdoch. We discussed what the 7 key elements of an effective inquiry might be and then presented our ideas in poster form which we displayed in the staffroom.
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Reviewing the Inquiry Journey at Rotokawa school.
The How:
In order to eventually construct an Inquiry Model for Rotokawa Students, we first needed to find other models and by tracingthe common elements we can then adopt, adapt then modify.
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