Create Space for Authentic Curiosity to Encourage Deeper Learning

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Meet the Maker

Linda KrystekLinda Krystek, Director of Curriculum, Instruction & Assessment

What was the first thing you bought with your own money?
Schwinn bicycle.

What’s your favorite family tradition?
Making oliebollen (traditional Dutch beignet) to welcome the New Year.

If you could magically become fluent in any language, what would it be?
Dutch. Although it was my first language, I am no longer able to speak it fluently due to the lack of opportunity to converse in my native language over the years.

Cats or dogs?
Dogs. Definitely dogs. Daisy, my rescue pup, is my unofficial therapy dog

This Week’s Focus

Inquiry-Based Learning

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How can we, as facilitators, use inquiry-based learning to increase engagement, motivation, and deeper learning?

Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches to instruction that build knowledge through exploration, discussion, inquiry, and learning experiences that encourage voice and choice. By creating space in the classroom for authentic curiosity to take hold, facilitators can encourage deeper learning.

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We retain 75% of what we do, compared to 5% of what we hear and 10% of what we read. Inquiry-based learning allows students to better understand and recall material by actively engaging with it and making their own connections. Here are seven advantages of inquiry-based learning:

  • Enhances learning experiences for children
  • Builds critical thinking and communication skills in all subject areas
  • Fosters curiosity
  • Deepens each learner’s understanding of topics
  • Allows learners to take ownership of their learning
  • Increases engagement
  • Creates a love of learning

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TeachThought Inquiry Based Learning

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These resources provide engaging resources and strategies that provide opportunities for learners to discover, discuss and demonstrate their learning:

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Being Makers

Being Makers is a team of change-making leaders from Maker Learning Network and iLEAD Schools focused on project-based learning and social-emotional growth.
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