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YorkU: 21 Century Learning: Creating an Inquiry Based Classroom with Jennifer Watt and Jill Colyer Spring 2015
"IQ: A Practical Guide to inquiry-based learning: namely that learning is about curiosity, discovery, uncertainty, argument, passion, and individuality". - Jennifer Watt & Jiller Colyer
I enjoy inquiry learning, it allows students and educators to fully engage in emergent curriculum learning opportunities. As a FDK teacher, I feel the early years are given great opportunities to explore topics, questions, and areas which "traditionally" would have not have been explored. I am in no means an expert, I enjoy learning more about listening to my students and exploring their natural curiosity.
In FDK I feel inquiry is always evolving. Students explore and learn how to engage in the critical thinking process. This year, my students continue to inquire and develop their critical thinking skills by asking wonderful questions. I feel that with the goal of including and providing an entrance level for all students, the blended inquiry approach at times is very beneficial.
Often, I hear that teachers need and look for a "balance", I feel by teaching with a purposeful inquiry approach, it indeed becomes your "balance" at any level of education by emerging the authentic learning experiences into your daily activities, projects, and mini lessons.
I am always looking to overcome my challenges as an educator and this is indeed why I have a great interest in the YorkU- 21 Century Learning: Creating an Inquiry Based Classroom. I am completing my Kindergarten Part 3. I would like to learn more strategies and take learning risks- allowing myself yo step back to listen to my students. My students are currently exploring "Why do ants make tunnels?" and "Why do shadows follow us"?
Way to go FDK instructors!
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