Alan November explains how he would use the first five days of school to lay the groundwork for a year of learning that goes far beyond the test.
“So,” Juárez Correa said, “what do you want to learn?”
Correa asked his students this question in an attempt to bring student-centered learning to an impoverished Mexican town located near a dump where it’s not uncommon to find dead bodies on the street. With that question, Correa not only gave his students something to look forward to in coming to school, but also a clear path to “measurable” achievement.
Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.
Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.
A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first.
When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.
As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an inquiry-based system. Instead, a far more difficult issue will come to the fore: How will we know if inquiry-based learning is successful, and what non-standardized measures of achievement, like better attitude, apply?
Educator Ramsey Musallam says that a teacher’s strongest tool — the force that draws students deeper into learning — is piquing students’ curiosity. In his classroom, Musallam follows three rules: curiosity comes first, embrace the mess, and reflect and revise.
Everyday there is less standardization of information, making it nearly impossible to decide what a student should know. Are sticking to content standards still appropriate?
Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers. Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of […]