Just attended Inquiry Learning and Empowering Students Webinar on Classroom 2.0 Live. The speaker, David Truss spoke about using inquiry to drive student learning. The seven ways that David spoke about included: Inquiry, voice, audience, community, leadership, play and networks. David is a vice principal that uses inquiry in his school as a way to engage students in leadership opportunities, connecting with curriculum and taking ownership of their learning. There were many ideas that came out of this training, but I think that the idea that stuck with me the most is to choose one idea…..one way in which you can transform your classroom to engage your students. You don’t have to try and do everything all at once or feel like you can’t try something unless you become an expert.
PLNs are a great way to connect with other teachers that are experts and can give you guidance and support to help transition the change into your classroom. I think that the one I want to really use is Voice. Voice can be an incredibly powerful tool in an English classroom especially. Students need to develop it, and there were some useful ideas of ways in which they can do this including: Voice Threads, recording devices, Live chats and podcasts tools. By starting with one of these 7 ideas, I can engage students and start to shape my classroom and the goals that I have for it and actually begin working towards it without being so overwhelmed. This was a truly unique and great resource. Also, David’s resources are listed in his live binder:http://www.livebinders.com/play/play?id=510125