Category Archives: Thinking Matrix

Summer Institute Day 1

Transforming Learning Everywhere

HWDSB is not engaged in a technology project; rather, we are engaged in a process to enhance instruction, to invite students to engage in rich learning tasks and to rely on student voice to drive the learning environment in classrooms and through technology.

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Learning Goals:

  • Introduction to the foundational concepts of student inquiry;
  • Understanding some practical strategies for embedding inquiry into your classroom, and
  • Exploring the essential connection between technology and inquiry.

Minds-On – “How might technology support inquiry in the classroom?”

Click on the MINDOMO link below (through the image) and use the “+” to add your ideas to the mind map.

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Provocation

A provocation is anything that will ignite a genuine wonder, a need or desire to go deeper into a topic or concept to explore why or how something is or has happened. Effective provocations lead to deeper questions which lead to an inquiry-style of exploration which, in turn, leads to deeper learning and understanding.

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Decomposition Provocation
  • Use the KWL template to record what you know about “Decomposition of Fruit and Vegetables”
  • During the provocation, record what you see 
  • After the provocation, record what you think and what you wonder about
Inquiry in the classroom video

As you watch the video, think about what the inquiry “look-fors” are in terms of what the teacher is doing and what the students are doing. Use the google doc link below to collaborate with other participants.

Session #1 -Indicators of Inquiry-based learning

Session #2 -Indicators of Inquiry-based learning

Session #3 -Indicators of Inquiry-based learning

Session #4 -Indicators of Inquiry-based learning

Resources

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Q-chart

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Student Inquiry

HWDSB is not engaged in a technology project; rather, we are engaged in a process to enhance instruction, to invite students to engage in rich learning tasks and to rely on student voice to drive the learning environment in classrooms and through technology. image

 Learning Goals:
  • Introduction to the foundational concepts of student inquiry;
  • Understanding some practical strategies for embedding inquiry into the classroom; and
  • Exploring the essential connection between technology  and inquiry.

Minds On: I wonder??? 

How might technology support student inquiry in the classroom? 

Click on Padlet link below (through image)

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Inquiry-based Learning – Capacity Building Series

Touch each page….Find 1-2 sentences in the document that you may say is the “most important point”.  Post your MIP in the “leave a comment” section on the blog. image

Causal Connection: How might I create a learning environment that supports inquiry?

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Inquiry Indicators: Bad Idea Exercise

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A school/classroom that discourages inquiry 

1. Choose one of the indicators above and change it into an indicator that would discourage inquiry.

2. Brainstorm ways  (THE HOW) in which to develop a positive culture supporting inquiry from this bad idea.

3. Why the “bad idea” exercise? Changes mindsets by having fun, removing constraints that may feel like a hindrance, playful antidote against feeling like we can’t, etc.

Inquiry-based Learning Resources

Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action. Success with inquiry-based learning often requires a change in school culture.  (Natural Curiosity, 2011; Lorraine Chiarotto)

Do You have the Personality To Be an Inquiry-Based Teacher? | MindShift
An Inquiry Framework: Levels Of Student Ownership
 Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | MindShift
The 20% Project (like Google) In My ClassEducation Is My | Life

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How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Just wondering
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Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning | Talk Video | TED.com
Use the suggestions in the ALERT monograph Talking to Learn to help construct a classroom environment that supports inquiry in the classroom.
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Use the suggestions in the ALERT monograph Make Room for Students to Pose and Pursue Questions to create a learning environment that encourages and sustains inquiry.
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Explicitly teaching collaborative norms in the classroom is another way to establish a supportive learning environment for inquiry.  Try using them as an ‘artifact’ for inquiry:  for example, ask students “What might it look like, sound, like, feel like to ‘pay attention to self and others’?”
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