Weekly Message #4-13

imagesEffective inquiry is more than just asking questions. Inquiry-based learning is a complex process where students formulate questions, investigate to find answers, build new understandings, meanings and knowledge, and then communicate their learnings to others.  In classrooms where teachers emphasize inquiry-based learning, students are actively involved in solving authentic (real-life) problems within the context of the curriculum and/or community.  These powerful learning experiences engage students deeply.

Research suggests that inquiry-based learning increases student creativity, independence, and problem solving skills, and it improves student achievement. Alberta Ministry of Education

It can be motivating and exciting to investigate new methods, try out new strategies and discuss effective learning with our colleagues.  We look forward to two opportunities this month to seek further understanding of the inquiry approach.  With guest facilitator, Mary Filleul, we will have the chance to seek a common understanding of the key aspects of inquiry based teaching and learning on January 22nd.  Please sign up if you would like to be part of this afterschool group.

Then, the whole staff will receive an introduction and chance to discuss possibilities in groups at our January 31st pro-d day.  At this point, we are hoping that Terry Howe, retired Vancouver principal, will be our facilitator/presenter that day.  Couple that with a great Chinese food lunch and we are in for a treat!  I am looking forward to the opportunity to learn more.

EVENTS THIS WEEK:

  1. Salad Day on Tuesday for those who have signed up.  Thanks to Paula for organizing.
  2. Articulation breakfast for Gr 7 teachers and resource people on Wednesday at David Thompson.
  3. Hat Day on Wednesday – please support our Student Council as we all show our school spirit by wearing a hat!

Have a great week everyone.  Patti

 

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