How To Build Amazing Models Using a Local Area Inquiry

When I worked in England, I learned that subjects like art, social studies, music, religion, and science were categorized into blocks called “Topic” or “Theme”. All the subjects were taught according to the objectives of the National Curriculum, but revolved...

The Important Links Between Mindfulness and Inquiry Learning

Mindfulness is a relatively novel concept that has gained a lot of attention over the past few years. It was first introduced in 1979 as a medical intervention at the University of Massachusetts. Mindfulness is a meditative technique where your...

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Writing Stories of the Future with Inquiry Learning

I am currently involved in a podcast project called “After the Pandemic: Writing the Stories of the Future”. The aim of the project is to stimulate 8th grade students’ critical thinking. They will do this by thinking about the future...

How to Help Students Form Rich, High-Quality Inquiry Questions

Sometimes the trickiest part about beginning an inquiry unit is developing deep, high-quality inquiry questions with your students. Especially if students haven’t been exposed to inquiry learning before, it can be a challenge to get them to understand the value...

Easy and Creative Stop-Motion Animation Project for Kids

When I worked at a Montessori school in southern Ontario, each class would contribute something artistic to the school’s year-end assembly. In my first year, I asked my grade 4 and 5 students what they had contributed previously. In some...

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4 Outdoor Inquiry Learning Experiences for Students in the Autumn

Learning and exploring outside has limitless benefits; it helps students interact with the natural world and make valuable learning connections. For example, observing different types of leaves helps students make connections with shapes, colours, and sorting. Furthermore, some students find...

Easy Ways to Teach Events that Occurred at the Same Time in History

Something I struggled with in school was the idea that events could occur in different places at the same time. For example, I had no idea that while the Black Death ravaged Europe, the Incas were flourishing in Peru; or...