Thursday, May 15, 2014

Reflections on Collaborative Inquiry

This school year I was invited to participate in the EPCI (Early Primary Collaborative Inquiry) working group along with two of my teaching partners. Earlier today I attended the regional face-to-face with other members of our board's learning team. We had the opportunity to engage in rich discussions with other educators from around our region, share our learning, challenge each other, and think about building capacity moving forward. 


Our guiding question
Here are some of the pivotal learning moments from our collaborative inquiry:

Student learning is improved when:
- teachers reflect upon questioning and feedback/wait time (sometimes unnecessary feedback/prompting stops student thinking short)
- student are engaged in rich learning tasks (low-floor/high ceiling tasks)
- learning is connected and and embedded in a meaningful context (real world connections, vocabulary use across strands/subject areas)
- students become a part of pedagogical documentation and revisit documentation to address misconceptions, move collective thinking forward, and celebrate learning!

What have you learned as a collaborative team about working and learning together?
- Having the time to reflect upon and discuss student learning allows us to be more adaptive and flexible to the changing needs of our students
- Collaborating with other grade levels/divisions helped develop a better understanding of the learning continuum

- Teacher moderation helps bring new and varied perspectives to student work

Click here for Google slides that capture our journey

Click below for resources that support EPCI:
Quotation about pedagogy from regional face-to-face today