My 9 (most recent) Inquiry-Teaching-Take-Aways

My colleague, Jacqui, and I have spent the last few months supporting the Grade 2 students in an inquiry around the interconnectedness of living things and the impacts humans can have on plants and animals.  As soon as we began tuning-in to the concepts of this inquiry we noticed that interest levels were way high. …

The Language of Identity- Scientists

Last week, in an effort to help my students move into a mindset of behaving as scientists (curious, principled, researchers) I was reminded of Ron Ritchhart's 7 Languages of the Classroom.  Specifically, the Language of Identity. As Ritchhart says, in order for someone to see themselves in a new role we have to give them …

Mid Days …

In August, I wrote a post titled, "First Days...".  I so wanted to capture the clean, calm time of unknowns and possibilities that is the first weeks of a school year with a new class of students.  Here we are now in the Mid Days.  It is halfway through the school year and we are deep …

First Days…

It has been on my mind to take some photos of our learning space- the physical environment- in these early days of the school year.  I am always snapping photos of the students in action to share with families, but I rarely photograph our space.  I want to keep a memory of what it looks …