Facilitating Inquiry
Heidi Siwak
Prepared for: Reform Symposium 4
Saturday, October 11, 2013
The Big Question …
As students develop questions,
explore ideas, construct
knowledge, test assumptions,
solve problems and...
The Trust Factor
How do you build a culture of
trust so students become open to
each other and the deep
exploration of ide...
Low-Risk Conversation
World Cafe
Idea Diversity
Conversation
Activate Schema
Low Risk

http://www.theworldcafe.com/meth
od.html
Solve problems collaboratively
Discuss with your group the best way to
insert a sheet of paper into a duotang.

Duotang

D...
Conceptual Understanding
How do you transfer a 3-D space to a 2-D surface?
Create Flexible Thinkers
The Value Line

Strongly Disagree

See that others have different
opinions.
See that your place s...
Where Do You Stand on the Value Line?
Mark Your Shifts and Explain Why You Shifted

Oct 3: Parents wouldn’t have to worry
...
Rules of Engagement
Plan for conflict

After each session groups assess
the dynamics and the usefulness
of the task and se...
Use content to develop learning skills.
Reflect

Share what you as a teacher
observed.
http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/do
cum...
Knowledge Building Circle
Natural Curiosity
Idea Diversity
Constructing Knowledge
Listening to others
Learning the Languag...
Theory Building
Confirm or
Disconfirm?
Neutral Stance
Tell me more …
5 whys

Yes … and
.
Empathy
Sympathy vs. Empathy

Why Empathy?

http://twentyonetoys.com/toys/
Integrative Thinking
Roger Martin
I-Think
Rotman School of Management
University of Toronto
Opposing Ideas
Traditional School

Unschool
Mental Models
We observe this.

But “see” this.
Ladder of Inference

Data Pool
Confirming and Disconfirming
Evidence
Complexity
A+B=C
How do I get to the store from your house?
How do we solve world hunger?
Causal Models
Story Analysis
Shallow
Thinking
All Summer in a Day
Ray Bradury
http://staff.esuhsd.org/danielle/English%20D
epartment%20LVillage/RT/Shor...
Thank you!
Heidi Siwak
Teacher
Dundas Central Public School
Heidi.siwak@hwdsb.on.ca
@heidisiwak
http://www.heidisiwak.com/
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  1. 1. Facilitating Inquiry Heidi Siwak Prepared for: Reform Symposium 4 Saturday, October 11, 2013
  2. 2. The Big Question … As students develop questions, explore ideas, construct knowledge, test assumptions, solve problems and share learning in ways meaningful to them … how do we help them become better thinkers and communicators?
  3. 3. The Trust Factor How do you build a culture of trust so students become open to each other and the deep exploration of ideas … and willing to take intellectual risks?
  4. 4. Low-Risk Conversation
  5. 5. World Cafe Idea Diversity Conversation Activate Schema Low Risk http://www.theworldcafe.com/meth od.html
  6. 6. Solve problems collaboratively Discuss with your group the best way to insert a sheet of paper into a duotang. Duotang Discuss with your group the best place on your sheet of paper for a title, a subheading, the date …
  7. 7. Conceptual Understanding How do you transfer a 3-D space to a 2-D surface?
  8. 8. Create Flexible Thinkers The Value Line Strongly Disagree See that others have different opinions. See that your place shifts as you hear other ideas and think in depth. Learn to question your position. Strongly Agree
  9. 9. Where Do You Stand on the Value Line? Mark Your Shifts and Explain Why You Shifted Oct 3: Parents wouldn’t have to worry about their kids being sent off to war. Oct 2: It would be too dangerous. Robots could be hacked and turn on you. Strongly Disagree -_________X_____________________X_________________________________________________________Strongly Agree Moral Machines by Gary Marcus http://www.newyorker.com/online/blogs/newsdesk/2012/11/google-driverless-car-morality.html
  10. 10. Rules of Engagement Plan for conflict After each session groups assess the dynamics and the usefulness of the task and set goals.
  11. 11. Use content to develop learning skills. Reflect Share what you as a teacher observed. http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/do cument/forms/report/card/ElemR eport_PublicGr7to8.pdf
  12. 12. Knowledge Building Circle Natural Curiosity Idea Diversity Constructing Knowledge Listening to others Learning the Language of Collaboration “I’d like to build on ______’s idea.” http://www.naturalcuriosity.ca/
  13. 13. Theory Building
  14. 14. Confirm or Disconfirm?
  15. 15. Neutral Stance Tell me more … 5 whys Yes … and
  16. 16. .
  17. 17. Empathy Sympathy vs. Empathy Why Empathy? http://twentyonetoys.com/toys/
  18. 18. Integrative Thinking Roger Martin I-Think Rotman School of Management University of Toronto
  19. 19. Opposing Ideas Traditional School Unschool
  20. 20. Mental Models We observe this. But “see” this.
  21. 21. Ladder of Inference Data Pool
  22. 22. Confirming and Disconfirming Evidence
  23. 23. Complexity A+B=C How do I get to the store from your house? How do we solve world hunger?
  24. 24. Causal Models
  25. 25. Story Analysis
  26. 26. Shallow Thinking All Summer in a Day Ray Bradury http://staff.esuhsd.org/danielle/English%20D epartment%20LVillage/RT/Short%20Stories/ All%20Summer%20in%20a%20Day.pdf
  27. 27. Thank you! Heidi Siwak Teacher Dundas Central Public School Heidi.siwak@hwdsb.on.ca @heidisiwak http://www.heidisiwak.com/

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