Month: February 2017


Literacy Notebooks

Inquiry By Design is creating an ongoing series of brief and pithy instructional videos in vlog form in order to guide teachers through the key “moves” and philosophies of inquiry-based work. Some episodes will focus on specific strategies and units of study and others will be broader, addressing overarching theories and practices. Check out our very first IBD Vlog post here, and help us spread the word by sharing on Facebook. Also, be sure to “like” our Facebook page if […]

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But What If No One Talks? | Part 1 of 2

The great thing about a light bulb that isn’t working is that there’s just about only one possible thing that could have gone wrong: The light has burned out. Barring an unusual wiring problem, power outage, or blown breaker, you always know how to fix it right away.

Classroom discussions are…not at all like a light bulb. There may be 20 to 30 people in the room, all at various reading levels, all with different interests and motivation, and each of […]

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TOP FIVE: Tips for Turning Kids into Readers

If we want students to actually read the books we assign, we need to start by first turning them into readers. This is why, at every grade level, Inquiry By Design’s suggested scope and sequence starts with building a strong independent reading program — Setting Up the Literacy Studio (elementary school), Creating a Text-Based Culture (middle school), and Foundations for Inquiry (high school). Here are just a few of our favorite tips from those units.
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1. Choice. 

The hands-down, number-one factor in helping students become readers is giving […]

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Camping in the First Round of Comprehension

“Hold on a second, though – what do you think he means by that?”

Twenty pairs of eyes in the room began to shift. A few students squint back down at their books; others squint at some point on the wall just to the side of my head.

“I just don’t think we’ve quite gotten there yet – I think there’s something more going on here. Maybe look back at the closing section.”

A student or two absently leaf through the reader, looking […]

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