Inquiry Based Learning
Michele Hunter –Principal
Cortney Colvin -5th Grade
Mindy Holland - Librarian
Pinewood’s cruise into inquiry based learning
Pinewood is a very big ship
10 classes in each grade level
Teams of teachers per grade
Some teachers make decisions as a grade
Some teachers make decisions a team of 2-3
Some teachers make decisions alone
How can changes be made when
not everyone even knows changes
need to occur?
Start with the Start at the teacher level?
administration? Presentation at faculty
Presentation to meeting to teachers
Assistant Brought 2 teachers to Guided
Superintendent of Inquiry Workshops at SLS
schools & the Changed my library
building principal curricular planning form
But the ship was still not
What else could be done?
Librarian met with Assistant Superintendent of
Schools & Principal to coordinate goals on info.
Librarian attended grade level ELA curriculum
Librarian went to one 5th grade teacher and asked
her to collaborate on a big picture research
We transformed a fact based
projects to Inquiry based projects
Former Questions Current Questions
What type of currency is used? Describe the economy of this
What is the exchange rate with county. (Rich, poor, mostly farmers,
mostly service workers, etc)
the United States?
Would you want to visit this place?
List the holidays and festivals Why or why not?
What is the transportation? What is this country most known
(how many miles of roads, tracks etc).
How does transportation compare
What is the high & low temp? to the United States
What is the overall climate of this
A Principal says…
The Library Media Specialist in a school plays an
Collaboration is key!!
ELA is our focus – how do we infuse our inquiry base goals
into our curriculum maps?
LMS collaborating with classroom teachers to restructure
research projects one step at a time
Communication, support, and promotion
Create inquiry based projects that support curriculum
Continue our work to make this building wide transition
A teacher says…
The information being researched should give students an
overall understanding of what they are researching.
Information being researched should be fact-based.
After collaborating with the librarian, I felt the need to take
the concerns regarding the project to my grade level.
I am fortunate to work with a group of teachers who freely
collaborate with one another and share ideas.
Teachers were motivated to revise the original project by
myself and the librarian.
The objectives of the project were reviewed and discussed.
This forced us to look at our project in a new way.
But was the ship heading on the
After the Western Hemisphere project I sent out an
electronic survey to the 5th grade teachers.
Many teachers felt that this research is more time
9 out of 10 felt the learning experience was improved for
Could we get everyone on board?
Our next step is another 5th grade project. A different
teacher “captained” another change to inquiry. Our
ocean animal unit has been transformed to a unit on
how the earth is always changing. Students will
research not the facts about animals but the reasons
why earth change effects people and how people effect
Units are being developed with 3rd and 4th grade
teachers who are willing to head in a new direction.
Students questioning is highly encouraged- Students
are a big part of the process.
More & more people are coming on board.
Contact us if you have questions :
Mindy Holland Mholland@mohonasen.org
Michele Hunter Mhunter@mohonasen.org
Cortney Colvin Ccolvin@mohonasen.org.