Over the school year I have been working in many different classrooms and with teachers who are working to implement British Columbia's New Curriculum. It has been interesting to be apart of this new change in BC's education system. The new curriculum focusses, among other parts, heavily on an inquiry model of learning. With inquiry, students are asked to think about what they know and then explore what they wonder in a range of topic areas. Inquiry is something I have observed that students do not naturally know how to do in the classroom context, when simply left to inquire on their own. Children are however naturally good at asking questions and wondering about many different things in their outside of school lives, so linking their natural skills at asking questions to the classroom context has been exciting to observe and support.
A couple years ago in my classroom I always enjoyed encouraging my students to ask questions and connect with their own learning process, and so when inquiry became such a major focus to the new curriculum I started to collaborate with teachers on how to support their students in this new way of teaching. As a result, I led a few explicit lessons on what inquiry is for Grade 6/7 classes and a Grade 2/3 class. I often find that explicit instruction is what students need with complex or abstract concepts. Inquiry is a challenging process and I worked to bring in the most basic and simplistic information I could gather to explain what they would be doing.
Below are the PDF and Power Point versions of both presentation lessons I put together for the Grade 6/7 and 2/3 classes.
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