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Plastic f il for parents


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Plastic f il for parents

  1. 1. Inquiry is the investigation into an idea, question, problem or issue. It involves gathering information, building knowledge and developing deep understanding. Inquiry-based learning encompasses the processes of posing problems, gathering information, thinking creatively about possibilities, making decisions and justifying conclusions.
  2. 2. Information Literacy skills - searching skills, communicating and sharing, finding and interpreting information in print and electronic environments. Becoming selective and discriminating. Questioning skills Sorting out “what I need to find out”, sub-questions, eliciting questions that are deeper and more powerful Thinking skills Critical and analytical, creative and reflective
  3. 3. An information literate person... • Knows the question to ask to find the information • Knows how to access that information • Can sift and discern that information for relevance and reliability • Has a hunger and motivation to find things out • Can evaluate and use their new understanding
  4. 4. In an inquiry based classroom the children will learn skills that are transferable to any context. They will learn questioning skills, information literacy skills, critical, creative and metacognitive thinking skills, problem solving and communication skills. In such an environment children will have the opportunity to ask questions, explore, discover, analyse, understand, apply and communicate understanding.
  5. 5. Commonalities in Inquiry Based Learning • Authenticity - inquiry learning is real • Asking Questions - questions that fuel inquiry, along with big ideas and goals • Investigation - seeking, hunting, searching, examining, critiquing, challenging
  6. 6. • Multiple perspectives and multiple answers - seeing issues and ideas from different angles • Dialogue and discussion - the process of inquiry nurtures good talk, and good talk furthers the inquiry • Discovery - finding and responding to the unexpected and unforeseen • Agency - taking control of their learning more by learning how to learn
  7. 7. • Real world resources - more than a single text book or resource • The skills and tools of inquiry - finding resources, collecting and analysing information, observing, interviewing, reading for information, discussion, debate, reporting, responding, reflecting, creating ... • Joy - learning can be fun, yet still have rigor
  8. 8. Supporting this approach at home • Share the “how to find out” with your children • Discourage copying and pasting or printing of large amounts of information • Ask questions that promote thinking • If children are asked to research at home, help them focus on the sub questions • Encourage them to use the search skills they have been taught • Keep in touch with their learning through Knowledge Net