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Christine Collier ([email protected]
Sun Mar 25 2001 - 12:43:17 EST
Next message: Dottie Pesce: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] Middle School Inquiry"
Good questions are invitations to take a closer look. The right question asks kids to show rather than to say the answer.
Basic questions are "have you seen" and "do you notice."
The book that I recommended gives samples of questions to ask depending on the stage of the investigation. Some questions are good for getting kids to observe more closely, others invite action.
In response to the video: I was a special ed inclusion teacher when I led kids through the decomposition unit. I was an assistant principal while advising on the video series. When we taped the panel discussions, I had just started my position as principal at the Center for Inquiry. I do model inquiry to the teachers I work with on a daily basis. I assist in several ways: giving feedback at lesson observations and to lesson plans, sitting in when grade level teams are planning, choosing books for us to read and discuss that support inquiry, and facilitating workshops. We will be viewing the series as a staff next fall, meeting on a weekly basis.
We meet each Tuesday after school to discuss professional reading. We are currently reading Nonfiction Matters by Stephanie Harvey. This book has very practical advice about tools and sources to support inquiry and advocates for kids choosing their inquiry topics. If teachers are interested in supporting student inquiry in other subject matter, this would be a good read for them.
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