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Kindergarten Inquiry-Based Learning

Primary Basic AQ Inquiry
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Bali Punia

on 27 May 2014

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Transcript of Kindergarten Inquiry-Based Learning

“Rethinking, Removing, and Repeating...”
“Full day early learning kindergarten teams have been rethinking abstract, theme based planning. They are repeating
inquiry-based planning
that is focused on concepts from the overall expectations, and is informed by the childrens' ideas and interests that they can deeply, and directly explore” (Edugains video series).
Kindergarten
Inquiry
in Action...
Joanne Marie Babalis' Inquiry-based Learning in her Kindergarten
classroom.
How do you assess Inquiry-based Learning?
What does an Inquiry-based Classroom look like?
Inquiry may emerge from...
a read-aloud book
an event at school
being outdoors to explore the natural world
construction
field trips


Teacher's Key Roles in an Inquiry-based Learning Environment
Types of Documentation...
Word for word what the students say
Videos
Photographs
Bulletin boards
Keep work samples: class books, portfolios, slide shows, movies...
What Does
Inquiry-Based Learning

Look Like In A
Kindergarten
Classroom?





“The important thing
is to NEVER stop questioning.”
– Albert Einstein
What is Inquiry-based Learning?

“Inquiry-based Learning is a dynamic and emergent process that builds on student’s
natural curiosity
about the world in which they live” (Natural Curiosity, pg. 7). As a result, students are engaged and invested in their learning, a process that is shaped by their own wonderings and questions.

Piaget's primary learner is curious, inquisitive, imaginative, and learns by doing. In inquiry-based learning, the
process
of student learning is the focus,
instead of the teacher “covering the curriculum”
(Natural Curiosity, pg. 7). Students take more control of their learning because their interests are being explored and celebrated. The teacher learns along-side the student, like a partner, rather than “filling-up the student with knowledge” (Joanne Marie Babalis, video clip).
And result in...
research
observations (e.g, stars)
experiments (e.g., seeds& growth)
art work (e.g., using found rocks)


Model Inquiry-based thinking processes for students
Be a co-learner: Don’t be afraid to say to students, “I don’t know. Let’s find out!”
Plan in a flexible and responsive way
Prompt students to investigate
Focus on broad key concepts rather than Specific Expectations
Be on the look out for teachable moments (from Natural Curiosity, pg.18).
Student’s ideas and thinking are central and visible
Walls are blank canvases to display students’ questions, ideas, & thinking
Arranged in groups or centres for collaborative learning
Meeting area e.g., carpet (Natural Curiosity, pg.14)
Has a natural & neutral colour scheme to promote calmness
Open concept
Resembles a home
The outdoors is brought in ((Joanne Marie Babalis, video clip).

Through
extensive

documentation
for accountability, extending learning, & making students’ thinking visible ...
(Young Children , pg 91)
* Multiple sources of assessment are key
e.g., students questions, portfolios, art, anecdotal notes (Natural Curiosity, pg.22).
Sources:
Babalis, Joanne. My Interview with Natural Curiosity, http://youtu.be/45yH0k4SeD
EDUGAINS - Ministry Webcasts, http://www.edugains.ca/newsite/HOME/index.html
Journey Together: http://www.journeytogetherfdk.com
Natural Curiosity: http://www.naturalcuriosity.ca/pdf/NaturalCuriosityManual.pdf
Young Children, March 2008. http://www.naeyc.org/files/tyc/file/Seitz.pdf
The Primary Learner & Curriculum
Examples of
inquiry questions:
"What might happen if you..."
"What might you try..."
"How do you think that could have happened?"
"How do you know?"
"Show me..."
"Tell me about your ..."

(Journey Together)

Inquiry by: Bali Punia
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