The following video is a window into an inquiry lesson in our classroom. My goal is to illuminate the relationship I have with my students, as well as to demonstrate how I implement my lessons. Welcome to third grade inquiry!
On the path of life-long learning, I believe we are motivated by curiosity and empowered by creativity. Thus inquiry and creative problem solving are at the heart of my teaching practice.
Through structured inquiry, my students engage in transdisciplinary learning experiences. Connections between the subject areas are supported and encouraged, facilitating a more meaningful study. Students explore science and social studies in depth and in a child-centered manner, usually spending five or six weeks on each topic.
Our units of inquiry are often project-based and usually involve service-learning. As they work toward a common goal (summative assessment), the kids and I study the art of compassion, cultivating a culture of conversation and tolerance. Creative conflict is encouraged as individuals learn to express themselves in a safe and accepting environment.