A Professional development approach for teaching staff to Develop an inquiry learning approach to pedagogy. Stage 1 Professional knowledge and skill development Inquiry learning – teaching as inquiry (the what). Models of inquiry learning – (how) Components of an effective inquiry learning model – (why) Skills to be taught – Learning to learn Research skills Presenting skills Understanding thinking Practice – research, reading, individual information gathering, portfolio beginnings Stage 2 Inquiry learning located in our school vision Our school vision What would it look like in practice? How would the curriculum be designed ? What would assessment look like? What would our model look like? What would our class planning look like? Practice - teacher inquiry, visits to other schools, classes, visiting teachers and students to talk to teachers, portfolio development Stage 3 Development of an Inquiry learning model for our school that includes teaching as inquiry Components required for model Development of the model. Differentiation for levels of the school. Importance of scaffolding/ front loading. School expectations for class planning. School wide resource gathering for resource file (portfolios etc) Practice – trial of new ideas with students, focus groups, reflective thinking in portfolio for sharing Stage 4 Evaluation and Practice cycle Reports from focus groups and problem solving attack.
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