Required Preparation for
Inquiry Based Learning in the International Classroom
UNIT OF WORK
During the course, each participant will complete a unit of work (or scheme of work in the language of some) including assessments and learning experiences designed around a cycle of Inquiry. In order to make the most out of the course you will need to have thought about the unit a bit beforehand. You can either work on a unit you have previously taught but would like to revise OR on a new one you would like to teach. You should bring the following with you to the course:
1. The topic / theme of the unit along with an idea of what you would like students to get out of studying
2. Any of the major resources you would like to use for the unit that it is possible to bring along with you
(Don’t bring large amounts of heavy books, but it will definitely be helpful for you to be working directly
with some of the resources you plan on using. You could scan copies of important chapters etc.)
3. Any standards and benchmarks from your school curriculum that you plan to cover through teaching
4. A completed unit planner IF the unit is one you have taught before
5. Complete the short Google
If your school has an official inquiry process or inquiry cycle, bring along a copy, digital or otherwise.
In advance of your arrival, please read the first chapter of John Dewey’s “How We Think” (available on the downloadable PDF here). The chapter is titled What is Thought? (pages 1 – 13) and is included in the full pdf version via the link above. It is also available free online at: here. The book is excellent and very short. It is worth reading in its entirety, but we will be using the first chapter as a springboard into defining learning and considering the value of inquiry-based learning as a pedagogical strategy. As you read think about the following two questions, which will be some of the course questions:
a. How do people learn complex ideas?
b. How does an inquiry classroom facilitate this?
Watch a short video to prepare for your course.
BRING A LAPTOP (REQUIRED):
Your course materials are digital. Hard copies of the materials will not be available on site.Bring a laptop computer with appropriate adapters and wireless internet capability. Click here for more information about iPads and tablets.
Download Adobe Acrobat Reader DC now in order to be able to access your materials properly. Note: Mac users can use Preview.
GET FAMILIAR WITHTC Connection
…your online portal for everything related to your course. You should have received an email with signup instructions and enrollment information for your course. Use that email as a guide to login and set up your account. If you have not already registered, you can do so here. Your access code for the course is immediately below. If you need help with this process, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Access Code: 95VH9-V67NH
AN ISSUE OR PROBLEM
In preparation for the small group reflection sessions in the afternoon, please bring a short written description (no more than one page) in which you describe:
A student who you feel you have not succeeded in motivating OR
A high achieving or potentially gifted student who you feel needs more challenge than you have been able to provide them OR
A unit of work you feel is currently not as meaningful to students as it could be.
Briefly describe the situation, how you feel about it, what you have tried, what has worked and what hasn’t. Also include any specific questions.
We look forward to seeing you this summer!
Gordon Eldridge and Sasha Marshall