Tips and Tricks from a Teacher in Ontario Canada.

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Busy, busy, busy

Wow! Life just really goes on.  I've been meaning to post, but between updating my tpt store, creating new products and being a full time mommy for my two precious boys, this blog has been put on the back burner. So now that I have a few quiet moments, I thought I would post.

Last Friday, my teaching partner and I went out for dinner. I wanted to find out how the first week was going without me.  And we spent 4 solid hours just talking about best practices.  Our main focus of discussion was inquiry based learning.  We both really tried to work through it with mathematics, and using eqao questions (see post below). But what we really got hung up on was the negativity around inquiry, and the idea that the kids "just can't do it."

Now, I don't believe at all that you should abandon all other teaching practices and just use inquiry 100%. I believe a great program has a balance. And to be honest, I just feel that inquiry is a buzz term for something that teachers already did naturally and intuitively. For instance, has you ever asked your students to try to guess how many steps it would take to get from one place to another? Have you ever asked students to authentically ask questions that they would like to know answers to? Have you ever had open ended questions that required them to think? All of these things are inquiry. So, it's nothing new. I think we are just putting a label to our great practice and really encouraging higher level thinking.

So, do I think the kids just can't do it? Of course not! I've seen it.... And it creates such a great learning environment.... A buzz.  I just feel that this label of inquiry lets me be the kind of teacher I have always wanted to be.... Intuitive.

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