Category: Curriculum


English Learners and Dependent Readers: An Unexpected Advantage (Part 1)

“My high kids will be fine. But I can’t imagine what my ELLs and my SPED kids are going to do with this.”

We hear this consistently from teachers all around the country during Inquiry By Design’s curriculum institutes. Based on the increased level of complexity in the texts and considerable rigor of the accompanying tasks in our units of study, it’s a valid concern—but one rarely borne out in practice.

There are several reasons why English language learners and SPED students […]

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TOP FIVE: Education Blogs

Who do we follow? Here are our favorite education-related blogs. Great stuff!

1. Shanahan on Literacy.
Focused solely on literacy, Shanahan’s blog emphasizes research (including his own) related to reading-writing relationships, reading assessment, and improving reading achievement. It is a rare day when we aren’t challenged and enlightened by his posts.

2. Chalkbeat.
This a great source for broader education-related news from around the country.

3. Mindshift.
Focusing on slightly edgier, more fringe topics within the educational technology field, MindShift opens our eyes to totally new […]

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Independent Reading

With everything else we need to “cover” in a class period, it’s easy to let independent reading time slide from the agenda.  However, volumes of research shows that if we make time for reading then there will likely be less instruction and “coverage” needed. Here’s one small snippet from those those volumes.

Beers, K. (2003). When kids can’t read: What teachers can do. Henemann. (Original work published 1999)

“The Commission on Reading, the group that prepared the report Becoming a Nation of […]

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

Click here to read Part 1 of this series.

“It’s all in the wrist,” golfers say. Or is it pitchers? Maybe I’m thinking of ping pong. At any rate, there comes a point when working out how to improve discussion in your classroom means fine-tuning some intricate details.

Since there’s a bit of personal preference involved, maybe a better analogy is when you go to the eye doctor and have to look through all of the different lenses. Which looks better to […]

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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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