Planning for Inquiry
Des Hylton and Judy Bolton
PP-12, all Learning areas can benefit from Inquiry Learning framework
1.2, 1.5, 2.1, 2.2, 2.5, 3.2, 3.3, 3.5, 4.1, 4.2
Inquiry is a pedagogical framework to support teachers guiding students through the process of inquiring. Regardless of subject, year level or mandatory model of inquiry, this framework further enhances the process by focusing on the four key components of ANY inquiry that makes it transformational, as opposed to generic. We as teachers need to think differently if we are to continue to equip students with critical thinking skills and dispositions which will allow them to address the challenges and uncertainties of our changing 21st century world. This PD course reboot will now actively involve you in discovering and planning on your units simultaneously in sessions within a community with a common focus. The PD doesn’t stop at the sessions either, but will involve on-going collaboration with planning, in-class support through all stages, including reflecting. This course is suitable for those who are wanting to redevelop an inquiry unit and those who are new to inquiry and wanting to explore another form of pedagogy.
The initial session will be an introductory followed by three sessions devoted to supporting planning of teaching and learning and will be run in negotiation with participating teachers, year level and subject teams. These will be scheduled during school time with commonly occurring spares or cover. The purpose of this is to work one-on-one with participants/teams as they structure their unit planning document from the ground-up.
Don’t hesitate to contact Des (Ext. 270) if you would like to know anything more or have any queries about the Inquiry Learning @ St Paul’s PD Session this semester