San Francisco, California
London, United Kingdom
INQUIRY AT EVERY AGE
How do we foster the mindsets young children need to become global citizens? How do we nurture 21st-century skills like thinking critically, sustaining curiosity, taking initiative, devising theories, solving problems and showing compassion? How do we support young children's entry points to complex meaning-making and creativity at every age? Inquiry, with its rich and malleable cycles of research, questioning, and reflecting, does just this. It is a method of teaching and learning that supports deep critical thinking and meaning-making. And the best part? You can do inquiry at every age.
This workshop highlights presenters' combined experience in guiding young children’s inquiry-based learning, with emphasis on the observed competencies and strategies children use to access critical thinking in project work.
We explore the:
- rationale for sustaining long-term inquiry
- benefits of viewing the commonalities and distinctions of inquiry across all ages 2-8
- identification of learning moments where the seeds of inquiry are possible, and extending it toward a developed long-term inquiry
- incorporation of the “cycle of inquiry” into currently existing curriculum models
- modifications of inquiry instruction for learners of all modalities, abilities, and cultural competencies, and
- teachers’ role of reflective observer to maintain project threads
By attending this workshop, participants of all learning levels will increase their understanding of inquiry instruction and how to apply it across the spectrum of early childhood ages 2-8. Through videos, photos and classroom examples, participants will gain hands-on, practical methods and tools for implementing inquiry work into their teaching practice.