- Did you ever eat your morning cereal out of a recycled Cool Whip bowl?
- Could you distinguish a Phillips from a flat head before you could write your name?
- Did dad put tape over light switches so you wouldn’t turn on too many lights?
- Did mom cut your hair? Or worse yet…give an at-home spiral perm?
- Do Capri pants offer a nostalgic feeling of hand-me-down floods?
|The Breakfast Bowl of Champions|
|The Two Pillars of Inquiry|
The Essence: The Art of Teaching
· My Image of the Child
· My Beliefs About Grit
· A Way of Being that Happens Daily
· My Questioning Practices
· Our Classroom Culture
If Pillar 1 classroom culture is not in place our project work in Pillar 2 will fall flat.
The Action: The Science of Teaching
· Our Curriculum
· The Structure We Use for Project Work
· Planned Events and Efforts
· Structured Questions that Move Us Along Through the Phases of Project Work
Pillar 2 work supports the demonstration of learned skills and content. We evaluate the students’ new found confidence and gauge the shift in dispositions toward learning.
|Instead of simply stating daily goals, try having students turn |
daily goals into questions. This activity involves higher order thinking. Having
students analyze which questions are most meaningful, tell why,
and rewrite others moves it even higher.
The process is more complicated when students are choosing their own topics of study (such as in Genius Hour) or are choosing topics within a topic (as in PBL). Students tend to start with a question that is open-ended but often predictable and not necessarily deep. A simple way to help students dig deeper with their questions is to have them consider multiple perspectives of a topic using categories.
- What would a business person ask about your topic?
- What about an artist?
- What might an environmentalist ask?
|We all understand the necessity of differentiation in order to |
meet the individual needs of our students. However, it can be
difficult to plan units and lessons that do this well.
Tom argues that inquiry can help.