Monday, August 30, 2010

Inspired Impact Conference January 2010 - Kath Murdoch

Key Note Speaker -Day 2 Conference

Link between theory and practice (inquiry based learning)

Don’t get caught into the down fall. Inquiry is a way of being, seeing ourselves and the students.

What have you discovered? (Youtube video) - For Ever Discovery Mass University

Inquiry is unearthing the known and journeying into the unknown. The excitement of discovery.

The view of students and strategies:
What type of teacher are you?

Stella Star of the Sea (Book) good for questioning.

John Abbott 21st Century

The most successful questions ask good questions!!

Questions builder Chart

T Chart ( Things that work well/ Things that get in the way)

Kathe Murdoch ( Part Two)

Using the grid focus on one area of learning:

Fish bone organiser:

Thinking Goal: ( Fish Bone)

What’s one thing that can help yourself (top)
The other that might hinder that (bottom)

What do you want your students to do as thinkers?
  • Make them physical
  • Problem solve
  • Take risks
  • Logical thinking/ Critically Thinking/ Creative Thinking
  • Reflections ( think about what worked what didn’t, how did they feel)
  • Deposition - the way of being
  • Skills - the way of doing
Trudy White - Could you, would you? (Book)

  • Reflective Thinking
  • Logical Thinking
  • Creative Thinking
Techniques to help enhance these:
Time (Pause) I value the time your taking to think about things.
Hands down conversations/ theory

Reflective Thinking - starters

One man band - Pixar

I think this will about:

I still think is going to be about or I now think this will be about:

I still think is going to be about or I now think this will be about:
(Start thinking about what type of thinking you are doing?

Using ‘ generative’ questions to foster thinking...

Tool kit of thinking strategies... that help teach specific ‘mental moves’

Thinking hats - tool that helps you seeing it from one perspective

See/ Think/ Wonder (routines teaching explicity)

Test to self/ Text to text/ Text to world

Visual Organiser

Ball of Connection (using the ball of wool ‘ Making the connections’ and pass it on)

Attend to our questions... quality of questions and thinking
Kind of questions we ask and the way
What is the teacher doing that blocks thinking

Part 2 -

The holy can I do this for myself. (Teach Me How To Do IT Myself)

How is Inquiry different from Discovery Learning

Skills that independent inquiry have:
  • researchers
  • ask questions
  • independent
  • take risks
  • reflective
  • passion projects - investigation

Give children more opportunities to explore aspects that are important to them.

Children are not knowing how to ask questions, and how to plan.
Insufficient modeling/ scaffolding - choice without support

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