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Establishing a culture of inquiry through inquiry.

As the school year commences here in the southern hemisphere, I am reminded
of one of the great paradoxes of inquiry as an approach to teaching and
learning. On the one hand, helping students inquire requires such
forethought and curriculum knowledge - teachers need to be highly
intentional and conscious as they support students through the process. On
the other hand, inquiry learners need to be given opportunity and space to
find the questions that matter to them and to feel that delicious sense of
possibility from teachers who expect the unexpected and are willing to
follow paths that might not have appeared on the 'maps' they have drawnSo,
as inquiry teachers, we need to expect the unexpected, create a map and
then be prepared to veer from it. For more on a culture of permission and
possibility see Sam Sherratt's great post here:
https://timespaceeducation.wordpress.com/2017/01/10/natural-inquiry-depends-on-a-culture-of-permission/

In my first few years of teaching, I diligently spent many days over the
final week of the summer break preparing my classroom for my new group of
students. I arranged furniture, put up colourful displays, drew fun
pictures in the chalk board (yep, I’m that old), set up the roster system
for classroom helpers, displayed the school rules, brought in plants,
organized the classroom library - and I planned. I planned the first weeks
thoroughly. My work program was a thing of beauty. Neatly written, detailed
daily schedules with activities planned from 9-3.30 for several weeks. I
was a paragon of organization.

When the children walked into their new classroom, they were generally
excited and happy to be there. But, when I look back now, I see that they
entered a space that was already much more MY space than theirs. Imagine
buying a house then walking into it on day one to find that not only had it
been decorated by someone else (without asking for your opinion) but that
your breakfasts, lunch and dinners for the next 5 weeks were ALSO already
planned in addition to almost all of your daily activities. Perhaps that
is a rather extreme analogy (and perhaps there are some of us that would
rather like not to have to make these decisions) but most of us would feel
a deep sense of dissatisfaction and an awful loss of control. We need to
have agency in our daily lives. We need a sense of control over what we do
and how we do it. We need to have a role in creating the space around us.
So do our students.

The first few weeks of the year provide a wonderful, authentic context for
student and teacher inquiry. Together, we are venturing into the unknown
and most of us begin the year with many questions rolling around in our
heads. I think one of the very best questions we can ask a new class of
children is: “What are you wondering?” Simply gathering the questions
that children bring to us at the beginning of the year (or at the end of
the previous year) can help inform the plans we make for their learning and
give them a real sense of ownership and voice. Inquiry is a natural
process we use to make sense of the world. In the first few weeks of the
year, our kids are trying to make sense of their new class, their new
teacher and their new environment. By using a more inquiry based approach
to establishing the classroom and helping kids get to know each other, the
routines, and their teachers a culture is born. From the first weeks of
the school year, students come to understand that this is a space in which
they will have voice and in which they are expected to actively investigate
rather than passively receive.

Younger children or children moving to a new section of the school often
bring countless questions – both big and small – as they enter a new
learning space. At the start of the last school year, several of the prep
teachers I worked with decided to use the children’s wonderings as the
impetus for their first explorations together. Simple investigations
emerged around the playground, the names of the teachers in the school,
what the principal did, the mysteries of announcements …. (how does the
office lady get into the speaker?), where the bins were emptied, why some
areas were out of bounds, what the ‘big kids’ did in their classrooms, what
the trophies in the display cabinets in the foyer were all about, what food
was in the canteen, etc. Rather than the teachers painstakingly planning
activities to introduce the children to school, a few provocations (even a
simple walk around the school) led to questions that then offered
opportunities for all kinds of short term inquiries. The intention of
familiarizing beginners with the school environment and community was still
met – but it was driven by the students themselves. And in the process of
exploring the more surface questions about the school and its environs,
perhaps the deeper, unasked questions be answered…’Will I belong here?’
“Will I have a voice?’ Will I feel connected and safe?

Most of us begin the year by designing tasks/activities that facilitate
community building. We want to get to know our kids – and we want them to
get to know and relate to each other. Again – rather than over-planning the
‘what’ and the ‘how’ of this – try inviting the students to design
questions and investigations:

* How can we build a great community in this classroom?
* What do we need we find out about each other? How could we go about
this?
* What do we need to know about each other in order to start to build a
great community?
* How might we design this learning space to help us do the best
learning possible?
* What do you need/want to know about me as your teacher?
* What would you love to learn about/learn to do this year? How might
we make that happen?
* What should I (as your teacher) learn about you?
* What are you wondering about yourself as a learner this year?
* What are you most curious about when you think about the year ahead?

This approach is still highly intentional – our purposes are still to get
the year off to a productive and positive start and to build routines. A
more inquiry-based approach sees students as collaborators in the design of
those routines and, as a result, engages them in a more rigorous,
accountable and fascinating process of culture building.

How will you bring an inquiry stance to the beginning of your school year?

Just wondering…


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Climate Comparison Maps

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"Triton1982 makes maps by comparing each of the city's highest and lowest average temperatures against the Koppen classification system."


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Nicole Canova's curator insight, May 2, 5:47 PM
This map is a great visual representation of the large temperature variations in Australia. I should also point out that this connects to the article I shared earlier about the distribution of Australia's population: notice how the climates of the perimeter of the country are relatively comfortable (with the possible exception of the northern portion that is similar to India). This puts Australia's climates into perspective, explaining why no one in their right mind would want to live in the interior, unless they enjoy slowly roasting to death.
Taylor Doonan's curator insight, May 3, 12:44 PM
This images shows how diverse Australia really is, they have climates similar to different cities all over the world. The southern coasts are similar to California, but the interior of the country is a desert, for such a small continent it has some of the most varying climates. 
Kelsey McIntosh's curator insight, May 3, 10:23 PM
This is an interesting map that compares Australia's climate to that of other regions. By doing this, the artist clearly explains how vast Australia's climate truly is. Because of its size, it is possible to think that Australia would not have such a diverse climate. However, its regions are comparable to deserts, the tropics, and temperate zones.
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4 apps for digital storytelling in the great outdoors

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Get students outside making videos to demonstrate their understanding of different subject areas. These four apps make digital storytelling easy and fun.

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Lee Hall's curator insight, September 13, 2016 11:09 AM
Getting students outside is important for their health. Here are 4 ways to do that and combine your curriculum with it. 
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Weird and Wonderful Books for Kids who Like Roald Dahl

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Books for kids who like Roald Dahl, Willy Wonka, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, etc. Funny titles, subversive humor, tongue in cheek writing. 
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Country Profiles - Global Guide to Culture, Customs and Etiquette | resources

Country Profiles - Global Guide to Culture, Customs and Etiquette | resources | Teaching Resources and Ideas | Scoop.it
International guide to the culture, customs, social and business etiquette from countries around the world

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, October 20, 2014 3:40 AM

Intercultural understanding involves getting to know other people's culture, language, etiquettes and taboos. You can download free country guides and other resources on this website.

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~ GOLD ~

Explore the impact of the gold rushes on Australia and uncover the stories of the diggers at SBS GOLD! The topics below detail the varied results of the gold rushes on the young colonies of Australia, and use newspapers, diaries and memoirs to uncover the personal experiences of those caught up in the rush.

Discover the stories, explore the rich visual database and interact with the Flash features to learn more about the Australian gold rushes.


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Years 5-6 Indonesian: Reduce Reuse Recycle Compost | Asia Education Foundation

Years 5-6 Indonesian: Reduce Reuse Recycle Compost | Asia Education Foundation | Teaching Resources and Ideas | Scoop.it
This learning sequence examines the waste management strategies of reducing, reusing, recycling and composting.

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Catherine Smyth's curator insight, July 21, 2014 12:12 AM

These excellent teaching resources focus on a current issue and help students learn Indonesian at the same time.

Catherine Smyth's curator insight, July 21, 2014 1:12 AM

Teaching language and culture through a global issue.

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Drama Resource - Creative Ideas for Teaching Drama

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Creative resources for teaching drama
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Fantastic resource using different drama strategies! 

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Welcome to 'Geography Education'

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Finding Materials: This site is designed for geography students and teachers to find interesting, current supplemental materials.  To search for place-specific posts, browse this interactive map.  To search for thematic posts, see http://geographyeducation.org/thematic/ (organized by the APHG curriculum).  Also you can search for a keyword by clicking on the filter tab above.


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Rich Schultz's curator insight, November 18, 2014 2:10 PM

Geography and current events

Olivier Tabary's curator insight, November 28, 2014 12:06 PM

Many interesting tools to practice and to discover

Jamie Mitchell's curator insight, March 8, 2016 1:04 AM

Amazing resources about places and topics in Geography

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Pumpkin Geography

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"After spending a month becoming familiar with the location of the seven continents and the major bodies of water, each student is given a pumpkin to turn into a globe. Students paint the entire surface of the pumpkin blue to represent water. Next, they use pushpins to position and trace the outline of each continent onto their pumpkins. They use actual globes as models and are careful to place the continents in the correct hemisphere. Then, they paint and label each continent a different color. They label the major bodies of water and use white paint to represent the North and South Poles."


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Nigel Burke's curator insight, October 15, 2013 9:13 AM

Nice one!

Alison D. Gilbert's curator insight, October 16, 2013 7:51 AM

I love Halloween and all that goes with it, especially pumpkins. This is such a clever idea.

Rebecca Farrea's curator insight, October 21, 2013 1:16 PM

What a fun way to celebrate Halloween in the history/geography classroom.

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The Tree House

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Spectuacular picture book! no words only images - beautiful!! 

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic]

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30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic] Infographic is one of the best Infographics created in the category. Check out 30 Dr. Seuss Quotes That Can Change Your Life [infographic] now!

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Brian Jones Francis's curator insight, May 13, 2013 10:55 AM

Just becuase everyone is doing something doesn’t make something right...I like this one: Why fit in when your were born to stand out ?

Lee Wise's curator insight, May 22, 2013 4:11 PM

I just thought this was interesting... And, I enjoyed the layout of the quotes!  Hopefully, one more Beautiful Moment will come your way! 

deedee's curator insight, May 11, 2016 3:09 AM

love dr seuss

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CreativityUnlimited - CREATIVITY UNLIMITED | PROJECT IDEAS

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The Best Note-Taking Strategies for Students: Teachers and Experts Weigh In

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Teachers and experts offer tips and tricks on how to help students improve their STEM-class note-taking. Here's the gist of it!
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30 Terrific Pokemon GO Teaching Ideas to Try Now

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If you're interested in using Pokemon GO in the classroom, then check out these 30 fun and exciting Pokemon GO teaching ideas to get yourself started.
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Earth Temperature Timeline

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Seth Dixon's curator insight, September 13, 2016 2:03 PM

This infographic is a fascinating way to put into context the very recent trend of rising global temperatures.  This is worth scrolling all the way through to make the ending all the more meaningful.  Oh yeah, and August 2016 was the hottest month in recorded history...only 11 months of record-breaking temperatures.  

 

TagsXKCD, artinfographic, physicalhistorical, environment, climate change.

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Books About Adversity - No Time For Flash Cards

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Books about adversity. Teach children about resilience, strength , and empathy.

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Maree Whiteley's curator insight, August 16, 2014 9:21 AM

A wonderful collection of picture books and novels that teach children about resilience, strength and empathy through stories that highlight the adversity of other children,.

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Defining Geography: What is Where, Why There, and Why Care?

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One reason why geography has languished in the curricula of many American schools is that so few people understand the nature of the discipline or its relevance to our everyday lives. What is geography? What is its unique perspective? What do geographers do? Why is geography important? Why should we teach (and learn) geography in the schools? These are questions that have gone largely unanswered in American education. This brief essay presents an easily taught, understood, and remembered definition of geography.

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This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

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Dustin Fowler's curator insight, August 7, 2015 10:55 AM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Yolanta Krawiecki's curator insight, August 7, 2015 5:29 PM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.

 

Tags: education, K12, geography education.

Jukka Melaranta's curator insight, August 8, 2015 12:14 AM

This poster nicely summarizes this classic essay on what geography is and what geographers do...it's a perfect article for student to read.


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The Australian gold rush | australia.gov.au

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Bookmarking Librarian's curator insight, February 25, 2014 10:00 PM

Australian Curriculum Links - History

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Global Multidimensional Poverty Index

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"The global Multidimensional Poverty Index (MPI) is an international measure of acute poverty covering over 100 developing countries. It complements traditional income-based poverty measures by capturing the severe deprivations that each person faces at the same time with respect to education, health and living standards."


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Gina Panighetti's curator insight, August 4, 2014 4:54 PM

"Access"--North America Unit

MsPerry's curator insight, August 12, 2014 7:01 PM

APHG-U2 & U6

AHS Model UN's curator insight, November 19, 2015 2:13 PM

The MPI was developed out of a desire to fill some of the gaps in the HDI's applicability and utility.  Allow me to quote the editor of one the NCGE's journals, the Geography Teacher, on the usefulness of the MPI website for classroom use: "With the infographics, maps, graphs, country briefings, and case studies, you have a ready-made lesson activities to demonstrate patterns of fertility, mortality, and health for a population unit, and access to health care, education, utilities, and sanitation for an Industrialization and Economic Development Unit. Connections can also be made to malnutrition and water, as well as to key concepts such as pattern and scale, to key geographical skills such as how to use and think about maps and geospatial data, and to the use of online maps and online data."  Also, this article from the World Bank also give a run-down on the key findings of the MPI in 2014. 

 

Tags: statisticspopulation, development, unit 2 population, unit 6 industry.

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Best Practice Autism - Guide to the Spectrum

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The objective of this site is to advocate, educate, and inform by providing a best practice guide to the screening, assessment, and intervention for school-age children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). Timely articles and postings include topics such as screening, evaluation, positive behavior support (PBS), self-management, educational planning, IEP development, gender differences, evidence-based interventions (EBI) and more. This site also features up-to-date information on scientifically validated treatment options for children with ASD and a list of best practice books, articles, and links to organizations. Designed to be a practical and useful resource, bestpracticeautism.com offers essential information for psychologists, teachers, counselors, advocates and attorneys, special education professionals, and parents.


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Earth Science Week

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Take part in Earth Science Week 2013! Held October 13-19, ESW 2013 will promote awareness of the many exciting uses of maps and mapping technologies in the geosciences. “Mapping Our World,” the theme of ESW 2013, engages young people and the public in learning how geoscientists, geographers, and other mapping professionals use maps to represent land formations, natural resource deposits, bodies of water, fault lines, volcanic activity, weather patterns, travel routes, parks, businesses, population distribution, our shared geologic heritage, and more. Maps help show how the Earth systems – geosphere, hydrosphere, atmosphere, and biosphere – interact.


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Malini Mehan's curator insight, October 6, 2013 10:49 AM

Earth Science week unleashes the mechanism to understand the  dynamic world. It is a great way to observe and understand the constanly evolving processes that bring about changes in the physical and social landscape. From the evolution of islands off the coast of southern Pakistan, as was reported after the deadly earthquake of 24th September to freak weather and migration of illegal immigrants from Europe to Africa, understanding mapping techniques would give valuable insight into the interaction of the Earth Systems.

Elaine Watkins's curator insight, October 11, 2013 2:35 AM

Some awesome activity ideas and unit plans on this site for teachers to do with Earth Science!

Adilson Camacho's curator insight, October 30, 2013 3:58 PM

Bacana! 

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Geoff Petty | Improve your teaching and that of your team

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teaching in practice 

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Us Mob Walawurru

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Central Australia, 1960s ... Ruby lives on a cattle station and goes to the ‘silver bullet' school where she comes across Mr Duncan, her well-meaning teacher. Follow Ruby as she seeks to understand why two cultures are at odds with each other.
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An excellent ficton text on an Aboriginals Persepctive looking at views of country and land 

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Welcome to the More Music Toolkit

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