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Nigel Coutts

Inquiry vs Direct Instruction - The Great Debate and How it Went Wrong - The Learner's Way - 48 views

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    There is a debate taking place in the world of education. It is not a new debate but recently it has gathered new energy and the boundary between polite discussion of opposing views and hostility has been stretched. The debate is that between those who are advocates of inquiry based learning and those who believe direct instruction produces the best outcomes. - This article explore how the debate has gone wrong and fails to serve the needs of learners.
Roland Gesthuizen

How-and why-to teach innovation in our schools | eSchool News - 67 views

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    "An innovation curriculum requires an emphasis on what I am going to call, for lack of a preexisting term, the Five I's: Imagination, Inquiry, Invention, Implementation, and Initiative (the latter being a foundational trait that enables the other four). Here is my take on how to teach each of the Five I's of innovation in our schools."
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    Love the notion of the 5 I's - many already comfortable with the 4 (or 5) C's - but have a look at Jamie McKenzie's post from 2010 - "A Dozen I Words Trump the 4 R's" - funnily enough, I just came across it yesterday whlst doing some prep! http://fno.org/Jan2010/bookmark.html
LaDawna Harrington

Guided Inquiry - 12 views

Roland Gesthuizen

Inquire Within | It's not about getting the right answers but rather, asking really goo... - 7 views

  • If we live in a collaborative world, why do we often wait until the work environment before we learn from others?  Why do teachers fight the system, or more likely just ignore it?
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    How can we create the desire to inquire? That is a hard issue to grapple with (and worthy of much inquiry by educators), but I'm sure that: 1) it's not grades, and 2) there's no silver bullet to get students motivated to dig deeper and extend their own learning.  However, I think one great way to create deep motivation for some learners is encouraging them to leave a legacy.
John Lustig

Learning to Learn - Tools and Technologies for Inquiry Based Learning - 137 views

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    Inquiry based learning originates with John Dewey's philosophy that education begins with curiousity. It focuses on guiding students through a process of finding answers to questions. Inquiry based learning: Is driven by questions of interest rather than general topics.Emphasizes asking good researchable questions.Coaches students as they go.Provides research journal to help students monitor their progress.Draws on expertise of the instructor / teacher librarian to model effective inquiry.Assesses student progress in developing inquiry skills as well as understanding of content.
Steve Fulton

Teaching with Technology in the Middle: The Digital Inquiry Project and "The New Cultur... - 121 views

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    A blog post exploring how one teacher has used Diigo and blogging to introduce his students to real-world digital learning.
Linda Lyster

Concept to Classroom: Course Menu - 80 views

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    FREE, self-paced workshops covering a wide variety of hot topics in education including assessment, multiple intelligences, constructivism, inquiry-based learning, and cooperative learning.
Mark Gleeson

How to: Inquiry | YouthLearn - 85 views

  • Before going to the kids, determine any preliminary factors or characteristics that must be true in order to achieve your larger goals or plans
  • Almost any topic can become the foundation for an inquiry-based project, even something as mundane as shoes,
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    Steps to the Inquiry process
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    Check this site out.... wonderful explanation on the Inquiry process.
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    Interesting read on an inquiry model of learning. 
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