Book Review: The Power of Inquiry

Teaching through inquiry is like handling a slippery fish. Just when you think you have got a grasp on it, the fish is flailing on the floor. Inquiry seems so simple. It starts by asking really good questions. What is inquiry learning?  What isn't inquiry learning? What does inquiry learning look like? Which leads to the slipperiest question of all:... Continue Reading →

Provocation – Setting the scene for Inquiry

Provocation is a powerful item in the inquiry learning tool box. It sparks confusion, a strong reaction and above all curiosity.  One of the strongest take aways from spending time at the International School Ho Chi Minh City (ISHCMC) was how a strong provocation not only gets kids interested in the concepts but seeing themselves as practitioners in the academic discipline to... Continue Reading →

What is the Big Idea (Friday)?

Over the last few years I evolved a tradition in my class called Big Idea Friday. It started out from my own learning where I try to write a weekly blog post about something that I've been thinking about in my teaching practice. I found the process for processing the end of a busy week... Continue Reading →

Weekly Reflection: killing the love of learning

During the last week I had the privilege of accompanying my class to view the exhibition of the nursery and kindergarten learners. I've always been in awe of the teachers working with the little ones. Their classrooms are engine rooms of learning and creativity yet their expertise is often devalued. There's a general snark, sometimes sadly heard from... Continue Reading →

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