BCW teamAgency, Differentiation, Planning and Assessment, Understanding Learners

ABC of INQUIRY Interest

ABC of INQUIRY – INTEREST ABC of INQUIRY – INTEREST  “The whole art of teaching is only the art of awakening the natural curiosity of young minds for the purpose of satisfying it afterwards.” – Anatole France INTEREST: A chance to connect  Teaching and learning that is based around leaner interests doesn’t mean a free-for all in terms of just doing … Read More

An introduction to inquiry Part 4

BCW teamInquiry, learning

Co-constructing Learning spaces

Illustrations and Ideas © 2016 Connected to the card set “What can inquiry look like?” This blog post is dedicated to Alison Francis and Todd Richer, who invited me to consider new possibilities as a teacher while teaching their son in Prep. It was a steep learning curve, but I am grateful for the opportunity and the possibilities it offered me … Read More

An introduction to inquiry Part 3

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co-constructing learning spaces -

These blog posts are about how teachers can use a constructivist approach to co-construct learning spaces with their students In the past teachers have been invited to think about the learning environment as a ‘production space’, resulting in a factory-like approach to setting up the room with all decisions made before the students even entered the room. Decisions like who sits … Read More

Developing Collaborative Discussion Practices

BCW teamInquiry, learning

Collaborative Discussion Techniques Post collaboratively written by Carla and Mary-Dense Holmes Summary of the big ideas in this blog Students need to have the language of learning in order to  participate in inquiry Using collaborative discussion strategies enables students to become active participants in the inquiry process Conceptual understanding grows when students develop strategies for connecting ideas, working collaboratively and asking questions Students need the chance … Read More

The many faces of failure

BCW teamFailure, grit, Inquiry, learning

I sit writing this among the clutter and chaos of children and adults packing to return to HaNoi after seven weeks of holidays. The dog has gone into a decline and is hiding under the bed, this is way too much drama for him. There is goodwill aplenty; noise at ear-splitting levels and the all available energy fast diminishing. It … Read More

Unleashing Learning- Welcome to 2016 and the Year of the Monkey

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Unleashing learning Who’d have thought the time between September and now would have slipped by so quickly. Christmas for the team was very busy with family comings together and catchings up. Lots of movement across the globe, lots of celebrations and lots of tear filled goodbyes. January/February 2016 however has seen a rapid return to work. Carla has been doing … Read More