inquiry

This Hudson Valley Writing Project- Dover Middle School partnership, federally funded with an NWP grant, allowed teachers in this project to meet together to create a community of teacher-writers and learners.  Additionally a small student tech team met together regularly as a community exploring. playing with digital tools and sharing their experiences with their IC teams.  What a great...
Ralph A. Córdova Jr, Director — Piasa Bluffs Writing Project & the CoLab Our site, the CoLab, feels a strong urgency to act. And we want to amplify our urgency bringing it to the attention of those urgencies of all sites who seek to articulate their value as invaluable expert voices in the larger political discourse around education reform, '21st century learning,' the Common Core State...
How will I teach my students what I don't know in the context of my classroom? A more accurate question would be, “How do I teach what I know little about?” I say, “little” because if there’s anything I’ve discovered with gaming and learning, it’s that there is always a new ah-ha just around the corner if I am willing to put myself in that position. I wanted to know why game-based learning...
Step out of your comfort zone. In that same TTT episode, this thought of teaching what we do not know was discussed. The conclusion was we just have to do it. We may not feel 100% confident or comfortable with something like game design, but if you know and believe in the power of games, you know sometimes, you have to take a risk and do it. This is what happens to gamers. They don’t know what’...
Newb it up! Put yourself in your students shoes. I was able to participate in another TTT episode entitled, Gaming Questions from Texas, Minecraft, and the “2011 Horizon Report K12 Edition”. This one was to support the gaming work for our North Star of Texas Writing Project . I was asked to prepare some questions for teachers who have experience in using game-based learning in their classrooms. I...
It’s funny how many times this question has come up in my career. When I first started teaching, I knew nothing about my students, their worlds, their learning styles. I was pretty much the exact opposite of my urban, mostly Hispanic, low socioeconomic, English-learning, at-risk students of North Dallas High School. How would I, someone who attended private school and college, teach students who...
Because wikis are collaborative web sites that provide tools for gathering information, creating content, editing, and sharing digital files, it is a natural platform for inquiry based learning. Using a wiki allows for a continual process of asking questions and active investigation that leads to more questions. Theoretically, there is no final product. This is what may make it unsettling for...
For over five years, the Teachers Teaching Teachers webcast has provided a number of educators, especially those affiliated with the NWP, a forum in which to share their work.  In the fall of 2009, I co-hosted three episodes of "Teachers Teaching Teachers" where we invited colleagues featured in The Digital Writing Workshop to share their ideas about teaching in a digital writing workshop. Then,...
Teachers Teaching Teachers - 9/30/09 - Choice and Inquiry Troy Hicks, Penny Kittle, Sara Beauchamp-Hicks, and Chris Sloan. Hosted by Paul Allison and Susan Ettenheim. In this episode, we discuss how the concepts of choice and inquiry frame our approach to teaching writing, specifically in relation to teaching in a writing workshop. As students learn how to use digital writing tools like blogs,...
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In this Voice Thread, I introduce wikis to my 4th and 5th grade students. I describe the underlying best practices I follow, and I talk about a technology inquiry process I use with my students. I also talk about how wikis were used to improve content area learning. Students discuss the impact wikis had on their learning.

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