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Inquiring minds want to know

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Inquiring minds want to know

  1. 1. Inquiring Minds Want to Know:Inquiring Minds Want to Know: What are the critical elements ofWhat are the critical elements of inquiry?inquiry? LC ConferenceLC Conference Sept 27, 2013Sept 27, 2013 ALL RESOURCESALL RESOURCES tech2learn.wikispaces.comtech2learn.wikispaces.com twitter: @brendasherrytwitter: @brendasherry email:email: brenda.sherry@ugdsb.on.cabrenda.sherry@ugdsb.on.ca website: brendasherry.comwebsite: brendasherry.com
  2. 2. Project-based Learning Inquiry-based learning Guided Inquiry Knowledge Building Problem-based Learning Open Inquiry Coupled Inquiry Structured Inquiry by tambakothejaguar on flickr
  3. 3. Active Learning
  4. 4. • Is it really inquiry? • What elements must I think about while planning? • How do I make sure everyone is learning? • What is the culture I need to build to ensure that successful inquiry happens ? Wondering...
  5. 5. John Dewey - 1938John Dewey - 1938 Learners draw meaning by connecting oneLearners draw meaning by connecting one experience to another and to the future, andexperience to another and to the future, and by collecting and by reflecting on andby collecting and by reflecting on and organizing the ideas that emerge from theorganizing the ideas that emerge from the experiences.experiences. What are the implications for ourWhat are the implications for our classrooms?classrooms? What is missing?What is missing?
  6. 6. Your top 5 elements of inquiry...
  7. 7. Common Inquiry Framework Tap into prior knowledge, background knowledge Generate intriguing problems and/or questions Develop a plan for investigation Select and analyze resources Organize info, draw conclusions and new understandings Share demonstrations of learning with others Reflect on process; Generate new questions
  8. 8. http://www.inquiryschools.net
  9. 9. What is PBL?What is PBL? From the Buck Institute atFrom the Buck Institute at www.bie.orgwww.bie.org focuses on the central concepts andfocuses on the central concepts and principles of a disciplineprinciples of a discipline involves students in problem-solvinginvolves students in problem-solving investigations and other meaningful tasksinvestigations and other meaningful tasks allows students to work autonomously toallows students to work autonomously to construct their own knowledge, andconstruct their own knowledge, and culminates in realistic products.culminates in realistic products.
  10. 10. What is PBL?What is PBL? (cont(cont’d)’d) George Lucas Educational Foundation at Edutopia.orgGeorge Lucas Educational Foundation at Edutopia.org is curriculum fueled and standards basedis curriculum fueled and standards based asks a question or poses a problem that eachasks a question or poses a problem that each student can answerstudent can answer asks students to investigate issues and topicsasks students to investigate issues and topics addressing real-world problems whileaddressing real-world problems while integrating subjects across the curriculumintegrating subjects across the curriculum is a method that fosters abstract, intellectualis a method that fosters abstract, intellectual tasks to explore complex issues.tasks to explore complex issues.
  11. 11. What is PBL?What is PBL? (cont(cont’d)’d) Linda Darling-HammondLinda Darling-Hammond PBL involves completing tasks that typically result in a realisticPBL involves completing tasks that typically result in a realistic product, event, or presentation to an audience.product, event, or presentation to an audience. central to the curriculumcentral to the curriculum organized around driving questions that lead students toorganized around driving questions that lead students to encounter central concepts of a disciplineencounter central concepts of a discipline focused on a constructive investigation that involves inquiryfocused on a constructive investigation that involves inquiry and knowledge buildingand knowledge building student-driven, in that students are responsible for makingstudent-driven, in that students are responsible for making choices &for designing &managing their workchoices &for designing &managing their work authentic, by posing problems that occur in the real world andauthentic, by posing problems that occur in the real world and that people care aboutthat people care about
  12. 12. What is PBL?What is PBL? (cont(cont’d)’d) Susie Boss and Jane Krauss (ISTE, 2007)Susie Boss and Jane Krauss (ISTE, 2007) Projects form the centerpiece of the curriculum - theyProjects form the centerpiece of the curriculum - they are not an add-on or extra at the end of a "real" unit.are not an add-on or extra at the end of a "real" unit. Students engage in real-world activities and practiceStudents engage in real-world activities and practice the strategies of authentic disciplines.the strategies of authentic disciplines. Students work collaboratively to solve problems thatStudents work collaboratively to solve problems that matter to them.matter to them. Technology is integrated as a tool for discovery,Technology is integrated as a tool for discovery, collaboration, and communication, taking learnerscollaboration, and communication, taking learners places they couldn't otherwise go and helping teachersplaces they couldn't otherwise go and helping teachers achieve essential learning goals in new ways.achieve essential learning goals in new ways. Reinventing Project-Based Learning: Your Field Guide to Real World Projects in the Digital Age
  13. 13. Seymour Papert and Hard Fun! • kids like hard fun, important work, challenges • kids need to see us learning • kids can think like mathematicians, scientists, artists
  14. 14. What does inquiry look like in science? • search for accurate and replicable evidence • confirming or refuting a hypothesis • drawing conclusions about a truth • identifying misconceptions by going beyond observations to investigate fallacies
  15. 15. What does inquiry look like in math? • problem-solving and reasoning • looking for patterns and relationships in the physical world • more involved with accuracy and logical thinking rather than point of view
  16. 16. What does inquiry look like in history or social studies? • assess evidence for point of view • assess evidence for social and historical point of view • finding multiple truths • representative of different perspectives and time periods • understanding your own personal bias
  17. 17. What does inquiry look like in language arts? • interpretation of evidence • weighing social context • determining point of view and author’s purpose • synthesizing and making inferences • questioning
  18. 18. Crowdsourcing the Wisdom in the Room
  19. 19. Continua to Consider for Effective PBLContinua to Consider for Effective PBL Peter Skillen & Brenda Sherry, 2012Peter Skillen & Brenda Sherry, 2012
  20. 20. David Thornburg http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=R4CeceFQAJ8
  21. 21. Flavoured Tobacco Project
  22. 22. How do we make sure everyone is learning?
  23. 23. Developing a community of thinkers Habits of Mind from Deborah Meiers - Mission Schools Evidence: How do we know what's true and false? What evidence counts? How  sure can we be? What makes it credible to us? This includes using the scientific  method and more. Viewpoint: How else might this look if we stepped into other shoes? If we were  looking at it from a different direction? If we had a different history or  expectations? This requires the exercise if informed "empathy" and imagination. It  requires flexibility of mind. Connections/Cause and Effect: Is there a pattern? Have we seen something like  this before? What are the possible consequences? Conjecture: Could it have been otherwise? Supposing that? What if ? This habit  requires use of imagination as well as knowledge of alternative possibilities. It  includes the habits described above. Relevance: Does it matter? Who cares?

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