Category: Resources


Race, Gender, Equality, and More: Challenging Times and Challenging Conversations

Looking back on 2017, we—just like the rest of the country—have repeatedly found ourselves conversing over issues of race, gender, and equity.  Likewise, teachers and school districts are struggling with how to foster and facilitate safe and productive classroom conversations around these issues and other provocative topics—whether they come up in discussions of history, current events, or literature.

At Inquiry By Design, we always consider these moments—particularly as they relate to our ELA curriculum—as opportunities to engage and dig deeper into […]

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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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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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Part 2 – The Classroom Library: If you Build it They Will Come

Part 2 of The Independent Reading Series

Recently, flipping through the TV channels, I came across the movie Field of Dreams. Ray Kinsella (played by Kevin Costner) listened to the voices in his head and built a baseball field in the middle of a cornfield. And the players came. In this same vein, I want to become the voice in your head: If you build it they will come.

I’m referring to classroom libraries. One of the foundations of every great literacy […]

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