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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning ~ Mind/Shift

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning ~ Mind/Shift | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Thom Markham


"A small number of schools around the country that began life as charters or academies have developed successful inquiry-based systems. But spurred by the Common Core and the urgency to teach 21st century competencies, a huge wave of settlers is now trying to emulate the pioneers by becoming “inquiry-based” schools. By and large, this group is composed of well-performing K–12 schools—neighborhood schools with solid test scores, a traditional approach, and a winning formula that makes them resistant to change. To ramp up, they usually sponsor a few days of professional development in project-based learning or Common Core instruction, but don’t address the backbone of the school organization or culture. The results for project based learning have been predictable. High-quality, engaging project-based work has thrived in a few classrooms, but failed to establish itself and flourish. The breakthrough behaviors seen in the pioneering schools haven’t occurred. Teachers shrug, and carry on.


"But a historical moment has arrived. Confusion over the Common Core and uncertainty about the role of standards in general, explosive technologies that have finally reached and overwhelmed brick-and-mortar processes in schools, and the panicky recognition that competency in today’s world requires skills and resiliency in addition to a degree—these and other factors have suddenly fractured the industrial model beyond repair."

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Inquiry with Evernote vol 1 ~ Inquire Within

Inquiry with Evernote vol 1 ~ Inquire Within | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Bart Miller

 

"Three weeks ago, I began exploring Evernote. Literally within minutes, I was convinced that it is an essential tool for inquiry-based teaching. I hope that by the end of this post, you will agree and want to join me in taking a huge step toward true metateaching.

If student curiosity is a spark, I want to use Evernote to ignite that spark into a raging inferno.

 

"To be authentic, inquiry must be unpredictable. Inquiry teaching includes a fair amount of modeled and structured inquiry, but the deepest learning occurs when learners follow their own interests and processes to construct understanding.

 

"I have been using Evernote to create an interconnected web of media that can be instantly searched based on criteria I create for my inquiry classroom. I already feel like a librarian from a futuristic sci-fi movie! Here is my process for curating resources:"

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Inquiry with Evernote vol 2 ~ Inquire Within

Inquiry with Evernote vol 2 ~ Inquire Within | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

by Bart Miller

 

"Does Evernote work for inquiry?

 

"I’d say so. In the time it took to write this post, I planned a sizable chunk of guided inquiry for my class including authentic articles and video, and that’s from just one note. Further independent inquiry can be instantly supported with additional resources, as well as spontaneous modeled and guided inquiry."

 

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Jim Lerman's curator insight, August 25, 2013 8:10 PM

How one teacher has used Evernote to plan a unit of guided inquiry for 6th graders.

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A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities

A Culture of Collaborative Inquiry: Learning to Develop and Support Professional Learning Communities | :: The 4th Era :: | Scoop.it

Purpose/Objective/Research Question/Focus of Study: To better understand how to support secondary teachers’ engagement in collaborative inquiry, a group of 12 professional development providers deliberately set out to use the same processes and structures in their development and implementation of a PD model. This research examines what this group learned about fostering and sustaining a culture of collaborative inquiry and considers how this can inform PD providers’ support of teachers’ engagement in a collaborative inquiry cycle.

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