Insights By Inquiry

Read regular posts by Inquiry By Design team members.  In addition to exploring Inquiry By Design’s unique perspective on literacy, teaching, standards, and assessment, you’ll find insights into the use of our curriculum, professional development, workshops, and company culture.

Disrupting Thinking: Why How We Read Matters

Review by Laurie Thurston

It’s no longer about “best practices.” It’s about disrupting practices.

Authors Kylene Beers and Robert E. Probst open their new book with two essential questions: What needs to change? What assumptions make that change hard? The goal of their work is to create a classroom culture that empowers readers to embrace struggle. The goal is not to make the work easy, but to create conditions that support the student during challenging moments in order to find their way […]

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Listen Up: 5 Great Podcasts for Educators

Warning: Great podcasts are addictive! Here are a few of our favorite episodes that have us thinking about how to be world-changing educators.

BOOST READING COMPREHENSION: BEGIN AT THE END
(From the Therapy and Learning Services podcast)

This podcast is super valuable for classroom teachers, especially those who work with kids with learning disabilities. In this episode, host Jennifer Hatfield, discusses how improving reading comprehension skills can drastically improve overall school performance and shares an easy tool to do just that.

IN THE CLASSROOM, COMMON GROUND CAN TRANSFORM […]

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The Power of Resilience

By Laurie Thurston

“No fake work” is the cornerstone of Inquiry by Design. And it’s within this mindset that I approach all learning with my students. The work needs to be authentic, relevant, and meaningful. There needs to be an end product: something the students can create that is evidence of the effort and commitment they made to learning. Not all of this needs to come from the texts and lessons crafted by Inquiry By Design, however. Teachers can take projects […]

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Tee Up to Reading

Did you play any golf this summer?

A few years ago my niece gave me a mayonnaise jar full of silver golf balls (and some other stuff) for Christmas. It had a little story attached to it about a professor who filled a jar with golf balls and asked his students to tell him when the jar was full. When the golf balls reached the top, the students signaled him to stop. But then the professor picked up a box and […]

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Q & A on Independent Reading

Part 6 of The Independent Reading Series
(Originally posted on Sept. 23, 2015.)

In keeping with our independent reading series, we asked teachers from the districts where we work to share some of their ideas and responses to a few of the most asked questions about independent reading. Here’s what they said!

What are some ways you’ve found to inspire and motivate reluctant readers?

• iPads: Storia
• Raz-Kids
• Letting go of my “issues”—i.e. if Captain Underpants is what motivates them, so be it.
• Summer […]

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