Tag Archives: inquiry based learning

If you follow the arrows, where will you go?

Driving through Amherst, Nova Scotia I saw this street intriguing sign. The elementary school teacher in me was intrigued. For the rest of my drive, I thought about how to use this image as an anchor for a project that … Continue reading

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Close Looking: Using logos to develop critical thinking

You may know about close reading as a “thoughtful, critical analysis of a text that focuses on significant details or patterns in order to develop a deep, precise understanding of the text’s form, craft, meanings, etc.” (nieonline.com/tbtimes/downloads/CCSS_reading.pdf) But have you … Continue reading

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Close Looking: What is this?

Spotted on the door of a classroom: When students enter this classroom, a “Wondering Prompt” such as an image, soundscape, or object invites them to look closely, listen closely, or read closely. Students begin each day with a mindset focused … Continue reading

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Using Old Stuff Part 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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Developing a Common Understanding of Growth Mindset

If you were to create a top 10 list of this year’s professional conversations about teaching and learning, we’re pretty sure that Carol Dweck’s work on Growth Mindset would be at  the top of the list.  When any topic becomes … Continue reading

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What is this? Experiencing Curiosity, Questioning and Searching for Information

Start your next professional learning conversation with this “What is this?” 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: … Continue reading

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