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Monday, November 11

  1. page Asking questions edited Are you struggling to ask good inquiry questions? As you find good sites that work with this concer…
    Are you struggling to ask good inquiry questions? As you find good sites that work with this concern, please post them here.
    NoTosh Lab - Higher Order Questioning
    'higher order thinking comes from being asked - and asking - higher order questions.' Click on the picture to visit this site and find out about the different levels of questions and using thinking cubes to really develop these in your classrooms.
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    Dylan William
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  2. page Chat page edited November 12th High Order Questioning Well it's been quite a while since i've penned somethin…

    November
    12th
    High Order Questioning

    Well it's been quite a while since i've penned something for this page and now it's fast heading for that end of year mayhem time when everyone is far too busy to read professionally. However ...
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    Ewan's post
    https://www.facebook.com/NoToshLearning/posts/10151949278499455:0. But if you want to go directly to the NoTosh Lab (these Labs have lots of great material) and read about using thinking cubes to really move students beyond 'regurgitation of the facts around a subject to more creative or independent thought about those ideas', click here
    http://notosh.com/lab/encourage-students-higher-order-questioning/ I will put a permanent link on the asking questions page too so it will be easier to find.
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  3. page Chat page edited November Well it's been quite a while since i've penned something for this page and now it's fa…

    November
    Well it's been quite a while since i've penned something for this page and now it's fast heading for that end of year mayhem time when everyone is far too busy to read professionally. However ...
    I have been reading some material about questioning today and thought i would share it with you. We have visited the notosh site before but it's worth a refresher, especially now that you have been working in this area for a whole year. Ewan has recently posted a conversation about his preference to work in schools rather than give keynotes around the world. In his chat, he mentions thinking cubes and I agree that these are a great way to really focus on good questions - yours, and supporting your children to ask them. Here's Ewan's post
    https://www.facebook.com/NoToshLearning/posts/10151949278499455:0. But if you want to go directly to the NoTosh Lab (these Labs have lots of great material) and read about using thinking cubes to really move students beyond 'regurgitation of the facts around a subject to more creative or independent thought about those ideas', click here
    http://notosh.com/lab/encourage-students-higher-order-questioning/ I will put a permanent link on the asking questions page too so it will be easier to find.

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Tuesday, June 25

  1. page Chat page edited June 26th Thanks for showing us your inquiry lessons in action yesterday. It's always hard hav…

    June
    26th
    Thanks for showing us your inquiry lessons in action yesterday. It's always hard having someone in watching but it certainly helped us know what to suggest for your next steps. We saw some really good things happening, lots of very engaged students (particularly the boys) so everything is going according to plan. Our suggestions are just that, things you could think about as next steps in the process for you and your children.
    I mentioned to Sonia that there was a way to get a Word document to summarise the words on a page. This is a really useful strategy to use when you are taking text from the internet and it's too big a chunk for your children to manage and stay interested. You can adjust the number of words or percentage of the text you want it to produce, and then you can easily go through the shorter version and replace the tricky words for ones that are more accessible to those students who have difficulty reading. Remember, reading age relies on the length of sentences and number of ideas in each sentence as well as level of vocab used so think about how you can alter these aspects too.
    Here is a video that shows you how to Auto Summarise your text.
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    All children have asked theirwent to the rocky shore questions and thesethen thought about what questions they had. These rocky shore questions are on the display. This display was in the classroom as a focus but has now moved to the welcoming school foyer. Stunning!
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Sunday, June 23

  1. page Chat page edited June 23rd I've just come back from New Plymouth and saw this wonderful example of junior child…

    June
    23rd
    I've just come back from New Plymouth and saw this wonderful example of junior children developing their inquiry questions. This photo was taken in the office foyer where this beautiful display greets visitors. All children have asked their rocky shore questions and these are on the display. Stunning!
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    Lots of new material has gone up recently. For example, I've put some new material up on the What does it look like? page to show you what Island Bay School are doing around Inquiry Learning, and I've put up some new models of inquiry and suggestions for developing good questions. Have a look at the 'recent wiki changes' widget on the right side of the wiki and click on the latest links to see the new stuff.
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