This curriculum document was released June 2013. The summer has been spent planning and organizing for the implementation roll out. Stay tuned!
The PKE project that we started in 2012/2013 will continue this fall. We will be working on the Inquiry approach to teaching and learning with colleagues. We look forward to the opportunity of learning together. Questions to consider as we move forward- How do teachers nurture children's sense of wonder? How do teachers empower children to contribute to their own learning and development?
We've taken inquiry-based teaching and learning on the road... Currently, we are visiting classrooms and exploring the inquiry approach with teachers called "A Day of Inquiry." This unique and creative way of sharing and working collaboratively with colleagues is authentic hands-on PD.
For the past couple of years, Pete and I have been involved with the "Teacher Learning and Leadership Program" (TLLP) with the Ministry of Education in Ontario Canada. Our knowledge and understanding about the inquiry approach to teaching and learning has grown but of course there is always more to learn!
The next step of the TLLP project is to share our learning with others. Our board applied for "Professional Knowledge Exchange" (PKE) funding that allows us to collaborate with colleagues. We are taking our experience and learning straight to the classroom and working directly with teachers and their students.
Our experience to date has been inspiring. The number one comment from the teachers we've worked with is "look at the level of engagement!"
This past week we had the opportunity to meet Dierk. He heard about our project on the internet and decided he needed to visit our school. Wow! We were very happy to meet him and we enjoyed sharing our learning about inquiry in the classroom! Our students were working on convincing the community and town council that we need an outdoor rink. What do you think? We put Dierk to work, and it turns out,he loves hockey, and he visits arenas whenever he visits a new community...but don't talk to him about the 'Maple Leafs!'
PKE enables us to continue our learning and our professional growth opportunities by sharing our knowledge and practice with teacher colleagues and school board staff. Pete and I have planned a "Day of Inquiry" where we will share, collaborate, learn and teach using the inquiry approach with teachers and students. This unique way of providing professional development for teachers by teachers is job-embedded and practical. I invite you to read the blog post at www.inquiry-based.blogspot.com to get more information about our PKE project. Stay tuned....more to come!
Louise Robitaille and Peter Douglas have worked together on TLLP projects with the Ministry of Education in Ontario Canada. We worked on a PKE - Provincial Knowledge Exchange Program and continue to share our learning. We will also be supporting the Ontario Social Studies, History and Geography (SSHG) implementation roll-out with OESSTA.