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Purposeful Reflection: Documenting learning, for learning

So now I had to completely release control and hope for the best, the children were off to one of the other grade two classrooms to complete the experiment ‘Which shoe has the best grip?”. Of course the other teacher would be there to support them with the scientific inquiry and help them …

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Documenting Our Learning (Stage 1): Dissolving Experiment

  I wanted the children to continue developing their idea about the scientific method but I wanted also to introduce a new concept. I wanted them to document their learning as they worked their way through the next experiment, with me guiding them through the process. So we prepared our written experiment …

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Which ball bounces the highest?

Now I wanted the children to start to apply the scientific method in a range of different ways and I also wanted to introduce the idea of a ‘fair test’. So I set up an experiment that I could scaffold a little bit more, giving them the opportunity to further develop …

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Inquiry: What is scientific method?

When it comes to inquiry learning you have to be able to release some control and let the children try to discover what works on their own. We started our inquiry into scientific method with a simple question, what objects sink and what objects float? Without too much further prompting …

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Demonstrating Understanding: The Water Cycle

Now that the students knew quite a lot about the water cycle I wanted them to organise their ideas and share them with an audience. I reminded them how to use the application Explain Everything and gave them some simple instructions, they had to take a photo of the water cycle and use …

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Sorting Out and Going Further: The Water Cycle

I started the lesson dressed up as H2O, what did these letters mean? Did anyone know? Most of the children were able to make the connection to our unit, it must have something to do with water but they weren’t quite sure what the letters meant. After a brief explanation …

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Tuning In and Finding Out: What is the Water Cycle?

During this unit of inquiry the students are exploring water and the role it plays in our world, the structure of scientific inquiry and how evidence in experiments supports and changes our understanding. We decided that first we would explore water and the role it plays in our world. With …

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Creating Collages

As part of our current ‘How We Express Ourselves’ art unit we have been learning about different art techniques and what it means to be an artist. Luckily for me I work with someone who is a very good artist, even if he doesn’t like to admit it. I have …

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Becoming a Passionate Learner

  What is the role of a teacher? What kind of lasting effect can I make on my students? How can I spark curiosity and a love of learning? Age old questions that good teachers are constantly asking themselves as they prioritize classroom activities and lessons. Of course, I want …