Classroom 2.0 LIVE Webinar

Watch this webinar with the good folks at Classroom 2.0 LIVE all about Dive into Inquiry and how we can intentionally support our students in a more personalized learning environment.  And check out the amazing curation of resources connected to my work they put together.  Wow!

We don't throw the baby out with the bathwater my friends.  We mindfully strike a balance of control over learning with our students at the heart of the decisions we make.

Amazing Things Happening in Glenview D34!

Sometimes the most magical learning and authentic friendships can appear out of a single tweet. In fact, you’d be surprised how often this tends to happen. A few retweets between likeminded educators, add in a couple comments on one another’s tweets, sprinkle in a couple of DMs, and POOF, an inspiring partnership is planned!

Case in point my experience with Matt Silverman, Assistant Superitnedent for Curriculum of Glenview D34 in Illinois just north of Chicago.

Our interactions on twitter led to us planning a day of learning with teachers, librarians, instructional coaches, and administrators from his district. From the moment I stepped out of my Uber in the parking lot to the post-learning social he planned for attendees I was greeted with unparalleled kindness. The energy from the group was a joy to witness as we unpacked inquiry together.

Thank you to Matt, Adrienne, Sam, and Barrie (and everyone for that matter!) for welcoming into your district and treating me like family. Your kindness will not be forgotten!

Find them at #WeAreD34

MindShift Guest Post: How To Ease Students Into Independent Inquiry Projects

Have a read of our recent MindShift guest post where we share the power of inquiry and personalized learning.

"When I (Trevor) first adopted an inquiry approach in my classroom, I discovered that when students explore a topic they are truly passionate about, amazing things happen: engagement increases, attendance and work ethic improve, twenty-first-century skills are acquired, classroom energy and collaboration are fostered, and my assessment of student understanding becomes more clear and accurate.

One early experience with a student in inquiry convinced me I was on to something. His name was Chris."

 

5 Ideas To Bring The Inquiry Mindset To Your Classroom Today - Podcast with Vicki Davis

I was thrilled to be a guest on Vicki Davis's (aka The CoolCat Teacher) podcast to share 5 ways to bring the inquiry mindset to your classroom.  It's a high energy and fast paced show where our love for teaching shines through - big time!

Here are the 5 big ideas from the podcast:

Idea #1 Ask students what their curiosities and interests and passions are

Idea #2 Bring in provocations

Idea #4: Model your own passions, interests, and curiosities

Idea #4: Bring in a real world problem or challenge

Idea #5: Use the power of the PLN