Category Archives: Learning is About Wondering, Questioning and Problem Solving

Close Looking (4): Lots and lots of angles

Share this image with your students image and ponder the thinking questions below. What is it? (If you’re not sure, search for “transformer towers”) How many different shapes can you see? How many different angles can you see? When does … Continue reading

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The Gradual Release of Responsibility: Canadian Style!

The gradual release of responsibility model requires an instructional shift from the teacher shift from assuming “all the responsibility for performing a task…to a situation in which the students assume all of the responsibility” (Duke & Pearson, 2002, p. 211).” … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (3): Making comparisons

Completing this activity with your colleagues allows you to experience how comparing the old with the new is an engaging cross curricular experience that has many applications for classroom instruction. This activity begins with a homework assignment designed to instill … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (2): Searching for information

This old phone (found in Nelson Ghost Town, Nevada) provides an opportunity for teachers and students to experience how examining old things (with some guiding questions) provides an opportunity to experience how thinking, analyzing, synthesizing, and sharing information leads to … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff (1): Developing questioning and research skills

Old stuff instills a sense of wonder, provides an authentic start point for developing questions, and creates an engaging focus for research. So . . . let’s celebrate old stuff! Have a look at this bottle and work with your … Continue reading

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Close Looking: Experiencing curiosity, questioning and searching for information

Here’s a Close Looking challenge. Look closely at each image below. Search for more information in each image. Develop questions as you search. Image 1 Here are some questions to get you started: -What is this? List a variety of … Continue reading

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Arts based pedagogy: gaining insight through multiple lenses

The idea of teaching through the arts is embraced by some, questioned by many, and ignored by others. We’re excited by the opportunity to explore the multiple lenses the arts provide. Here are our first thoughts – they might be … Continue reading

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