Month: January 2017


Grounding in the Body Before Grounding in the Text

One of our most popular posts last year was Mindfulness and Interpretive Discussions, by IBD Professional Developer John Nolan. Along those same lines, we bring you this week’s post from another of our amazing Professional Developers, Bridget Evans.

I was recently in a fourth grade class co-facilitating a whole-group discussion about the main message in the book Tiger Rising by Kate DiCamillo. Some students immediately began flipping through sticky notes where they had marked important quotes in the book. […]

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TOP FIVE: Tips for First-Time Implementers

Perhaps you, your school, or district is new to Inquiry By Design. You’re teaching the curriculum for the fist time (There are a lot of you out there.) These are our Top Five Tips for new partners, and also great reminders for the rest of us.  

1. Try the recipe before you alter it. 

You’re teaching a new curriculum for the first time. Our advice is to play it straight. Don’t adjust, add, subtract, cut-n-paste, or second-guess. Just teach it from […]

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Take a Leap Into Inquiry

Bertrand Russell said,

“In all affairs it’s a healthy thing now and then to hang a question mark
on the things you have long taken for granted.”

This is the very spirit of inquiry, but as teachers we sometimes have a hard time assuming this stance. It’s because we grow weary of continually being handed something new and shiny and then just when we’ve figured out how to work the shiny new curriculum/strategy/grading system/initiative/technology/etc, it’s being replaced by something newer and […]

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