Category Archives: Inquiry

ISTE 2014

I’ve just finished my very first ISTE conference and wow am I spinning.  So many things to learn, so many smart people to connect with, and so much fun to be had.  Here are a few of my highlights from … Continue reading

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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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A Midpoint Inquiry Check in 1st grade

As you may know from Katie’s posts, we are up to our elbows in inquiry circles across the school!  On Friday we will have our once-a-year, doors-wide-open inquiry celebration for grades PK-8.  Get ready… Currently, I have 10 inquiry circles … 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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A Big Day for Big Learning! Active Agents in a Digital World!

What a great day in first grade! We had a big day of learning and saw exactly how our thinking matters in the larger community. Way to live a curious life first graders! Each Wednesday we follow Wonderopolis.org and engage in our … 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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Mulling Over Blogging

I’ve written many posts about my journey with my students and blogging.  Most recently I gave students a survey about their thoughts and ideas on this topic.  This year my students have made huge progress in their ability to think … 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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A Personal Passion: Art

I love art.  I think that if I wasn’t teaching fifth grade I might want to teach art.  I’ve seen an explosion of creativity in my students lately as they express themselves using digital art.  But there’s something about the … 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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NCTE 2011 Recap: Donalyn Miller, Franki Sibberson, Sara Kajder & Teri Lesesne

If you’ve attended a national conference like NCTE, you know how tricky it is to plan your daily schedule to maximize your conference experience and see all the speakers on your “must see” list.  Especially at NCTE–many people I wanted … Continue reading

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NCTE 2011 Recap: Seymour Simon, Linda Hoyt, Ann Marie Corgill & Ellin Keene

WOW!  The NCTE conference was terrific this year!  I’m still recovering from information overload.  My brain is literally full. Now that I’ve acquired all this new learning, it’ time to process it and actively use it… First, a big thank … Continue reading

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Cloning Myself

I’m lucky enough to have a day to work on creating content for my iPads.  My loose plan is to create some instructional videos in math to better differentiate teaching some concepts.  I’ve seen Jennie Cho Magiera do this with … Continue reading

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Using Google Forms in 1st grade

We’ve got pets on the brain.  For the past few weeks we have been reading about pets.  We’ve written nonfiction text and poems about pets.  We’ve collected data on pets, taken informal surveys of favorite pets and graphed our results.  … Continue reading

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An Authentic Inquiry Moment

It started with a post-it.  As I wandered about the room filling out my literature discussion rubrics one of my students rushed up to me and said,  “Can I get my iPad because there’s this thing and we need 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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