Taking an inquiry approach to learning means drawing on one’s capacity as a researcher, a thinker, a self-manager, a communicator and a collaborator. Teachers who use an inquiry based approach understand that the power lies in the process. They work hard to privilege the process of learning.
(Kath Murdoch, 2017)
The power truly lies in the process. How exciting! Our class community has been spending time together to inquire into our classroom essential agreements, routines, and expectations in different situations and specialist lessons throughout this month of August. By doing this, we begin to make authentic learning connections to our first unit of inquiry that we will continue to explore for about 6 weeks.
Transdisciplinary Theme: How We Express Ourselves
Central Idea: Sharing our feelings and ideas drives us to develop effective ways to communicate.
Lines of Inquiry:
- Ways in which we express our feelings and ideas
- Sharing our feelings and ideas
- Communicating our thoughts successfully
Key Concepts: Form, Connection & Perspective
One of our first provocation activities was to build a birdhouse. This took us by surprise, and on a really spontaneous note. We were listening to an online story titled “The Birdhouse That Jack Built” during our story time, and few of us saw a bird watching us from the window next to our circle time! We then agreed to plan and create a birdhouse for the bird, how fascinating when inquiry happens as such!
In small groups, students have learned how to effectively communicate their ideas in designing their birdhouse at our planning stage before moving forward to build their prototype model using soft foam and toothpicks in our STEM class. We definitely have more to come, and having our students engaged in collaborative activities like these gives them the opportunity to share and communicate with one another (in line with our central idea).
We are now two weeks into our inquiry, and these are our wonderings that we look forward to unfold together. It is just the beginning, and we are excited for more!
- How do we share ideas with our friends?
- What happens if we don’t listen to our friends?
- Is it good to listen before talking?
- How do we share our ideas with our brothers and sisters?
- Why is it important to make good choices?
- How can I share my feelings?
- How do we make our class a happy place?
- How do we make friends at school?
- How can we grow and be kind?
- Why is it not okay to hurt others?
- How can we understand our teachers and friends?
- Can I sing to share my feelings?
- How do we protect our friends’ feelings?
- Why do we say thank you?
- Check out our updated class schedule (last updated on 31st August 2018)
- Reminders on our daily footwear and PE indoor gym shoes on Mondays
- Back to School Night event for parents and teachers on Wednesday, 5th September 2018 (5:00 pm to 7:00 pm)