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Coming Out of Hibernation with #SHC13 Think Tank!

Those of you that have had a baby will understand when I say that I’ve been in hibernation.  It’s not that I’ve been sleeping my days away, in fact I get less sleep now than I ever have.  My hibernation … Continue reading

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What can #Twitter do for your students? Read our #HurricaneSandy adventure!

Two weeks ago one of my students visited NYC and got stuck as Hurricane Sandy rolled in.  Luckily, his family was able to take shelter at a friend’s house in Brooklyn.  On Monday morning, I projected our classroom Twitter account … Continue reading

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Going Public With Learning

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Keeping Kids Organized During Inquiry

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Focusing on Process (not just product)

This post is part of my series of posts that chronicle a two and half week inquiry project from start to finish.  Here are some other posts in this series. Explore More: Explaining what it is and the background of … Continue reading

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Collaboration!

This post is part of my series on our two and half week inquiry for Explore More.  You can read other posts in the series here and here. I really wanted to write this post today to demonstrate that things … Continue reading

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Going Deeper with Questioning

A few posts back I wrote about starting our Explore More projects.  Over the last few days Michelle and I have been guiding the students in coming up with a wide variety and range of questions to spark their interests. … Continue reading

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It’s That Time of Year Again….Explore More!

Explore More is upon us.  If you’d like a little background you can read some of my posts from last year’s Explore More where we did Literature Inquiries. Getting Into Beyond the Book Inquiry Organizing for Inquiry Knee Deep in … Continue reading

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Things We Don’t Know

Ah, it’s a new year!  I’m back to blogging after a much needed break.  Recently I was reading an article published on the Huffington Post highlighting a thread from reddit on the stupidest thing you’ve ever had to explain to … Continue reading

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Encouraging Curiosity

A while ago I posted a video called “I Wonder in Five Words.”  You can view the post here.  I thought this would be a great beginning of the year project and a way to give the students a meaningful … Continue reading

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Thinking Things Through

I’m in the process of revamping my Social Studies units using Wiggins and McTighe’s Understanding by Design 2.0 Template.  If you’ve read and used their work before you know the value in “backmapping” your instruction.  If you haven’t read any … Continue reading

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Making A Work Plan

When kids work in small groups things can go well or things can go wrong.  One of the ways that you can help them collaborate and be good team members to each other while promoting responsibility among and to the … Continue reading

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Checking In

Sometimes when students are working on inquiry projects it can feel a little bit like you are the stage coach driver of a runaway carriage led by wild horses careening down the side of a mountain.  Ok, maybe that’s a … Continue reading

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Knee Deep In It

We are a mere week and a half away from our Explore More day.  This means we are knee deep in inquiry projects.  I think the scariest part about letting students branch out (for many teachers)  is the turning over … Continue reading

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Organizing for Inquiry

Last week I had students fill out a google form which asked them to list the three books they were most interested in and the inquiry questions that they had come up with for those books. This serves as a … Continue reading

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Inquiry On The iPad From Top To Bottom : Part 1

Getting Ideas As I’m thinking about how I will use the iPad with my students I’ve been spending a lot of time going through the processes that they would go through.  So, I decided to go through a personal inquiry … Continue reading

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Real World Revolutions

I’m back to the beginning of my American Revolution unit with the other group of 5th graders this week.  Focusing on social studies has really enabled me to evaluate my units and experiment with different learning activities.  One of my … Continue reading

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Wonder Wheel, It’s a Wonder!

I was reading a blog post about Wonder Wheel this morning (really it was about the power of Twitter-see below.)  (Snow day 2, Cable is out)  Wonder Wheel is a search option on Google which essentially creates a web for … Continue reading

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Creating and Keeping an Inquiry Notebook

Last year I started an Inquiry Notebook.  Truthfully, it started with the notebook itself.  I received an interesting notebook that had been converted from an old text book.   It seemed really special and I wanted it to have a special … Continue reading

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Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive | Edutopia

Interesting comments on global competitiveness from Linda Darling-Hammond.  What are your thoughts? Please leave a comment below. Big Thinkers: Linda Darling-Hammond on Becoming Internationally Competitive | Edutopia.

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