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knowledge building circles...a tool for inquiry based learning

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Tracey Darling

on 7 November 2012

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Transcript of knowledge building circles...a tool for inquiry based learning

knowledge building circles
A tool for inquiry based learning Inquiry Based Learning...
a review Knowledge Building Circles
A tool for inquiry Is a teaching and learning philosophy as opposed to a procedure

Emphasizes classroom community rather than individual learner

Emphasizes collaborative learning where students openly and publicly negotiate their ideas

Strives to help students regard themselves and their ideas as part of a community working together towards a collective goal..... idea improvement Knowledge Building........ How do they work... The Circle.... aligns with the wisdom of a time honoured tradition of our indigenous cultures - the talking circle eliminates hierarchy promotes attentive listening and communication Students... Teachers... maintain a natural sense of wonder by forming their own questions/theories about their world
develop a sense of responsibility and ownership for their learning and the learning of others
learn and practice respectful, productive communication
become lifelong learners and lifelong contributors can identify misconceptions
can assess and evaluate student progress through the quality and types of questions and comments they contribute over time
guide and facilitate the process by modeling and asking open-ended questions (Does this new information change or add to your original theory?)
foster an environment of mutual respect and responsibility When can we use KBC? just before or just after an experience such as an outing, a video or a book (basically a minds on activity)
when multiple students or a class have identified a question of interest, they can share and negotiate their initial theories (ongoing problem solving)
throughout the process of investigation and in light of new information that has been gathered (in lieu of a project presentation at the end of a unit!) Let's Practice
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