Gabe DeMola


Writing the Wave — Surfing and Literacy

It turns out that teaching reading and writing and teaching surfing aren’t so different.

A few months ago when I took my first surfing lesson, I couldn’t help but notice some of the parallels to the teaching as apprenticeship approach we advocate at Inquiry By Design.

The first thing that struck me about my instructor, Juan, was how immersed he was in the surfing world. This wasn’t just a job. Juan lived and breathed surfing. In fact, he had already caught […]

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What Can We Do About Those Cliches? – FOSTERING STUDENT TALK AND CLASSROOM DIALOGUE – PART 2

During a recent peer learning lab, teachers observed students latching on to clichéd responses during small- and whole-group discussion. For example, some students were saying the author’s message was “just open your heart to life” or “love is all there is.” In the debrief, the teachers expressed concern that students weren’t arriving at a more nuanced understanding. The question we spent the next twenty minutes chewing on was “What can we do when students respond to challenging interpretive questions with […]

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