Looking back the majority of 'our' blogs are about education generally but in my experience the blogs that are really appreciated by classroom teachers are the practical inquiry ones; ones with their genesis in real class programmes.
I am not sure in recent years if New Zealand primary classrooms have made grounds making inquiry central to their classrooms, particularly since the introduction of National Standards.
The standards have been a regressive influence in schools resulting in a a greater emphasis on literacy and numeracy, all too often disconnected from the inquiry programme and that this emphasis has all but sidelined the potentially exciting 2007 New Zealand Curriculum.
As one educationalist says 'inquiry is a disposition' - one at risk in our increasingly standardized formulaic system. Children are born with a disposition to question , inquire and make sense of their experiences. That s many students lose this disposition is to a large degree the fault of schooling.
|Sir Paul Callahan|
I would see the process as:
Final work could be added to their digital portfolios
The process the secondary student outlines was essentially the process creative primary teachers used for decades. Such teachers developed their rooms as communities of scientists and artists who explore ideas of interests in the process integrating appropriate Learning Areas.
This education as outlined by educationalist John Dewey and put into practice by such teachers as New Zealand's Elwyn Richardson. Such teaching is now at risk of being lost by the focus on National Standards and the proposed heavy handed politically inspired Ministry Communities of Schools unless of course they focused on developing true inquiry based learning focusing developing the gifts and talents of all students.
Here is an excellent link to developing an inquiry based classroom.
|Elwyn Richardson developed his class as a community of scientists and artists|