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Why Is Now The Time For Inquiry?


In the new and revised edition of Comprehension and Collaboration, Stephanie Harvey and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels invite you to approach inquiry as a way of instruction in schools.

Comprehension and Collaboration, Revised Edition ships in late June. In today's blog, coauthor Smokey describes the need to continue inquiry especially in light of the Common Core State Standards.

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The Principles of Inquiry Circles

  • Choice of topics based on genuine student curiosity, questions, interests
  • Digging deeply into complex, authentic topics that matter to kids
  • Flexible grouping, featuring small research teams, groups, and task forces
  • Heterogeneous, nonleveled groups with careful differentiation
  • Student responsibility and peer leadership
  • Use of proficient-reader/thinker/researcher strategies
  • Teacher modeling his/her own reading, writing, thinking, and researching processes
  • Drawing upon multiple sources: multigenre, multilevel, multicultural, and multimedia
  • Going beyond fact finding to synthesizing ideas and building and acquiring knowledge
  • Actively using knowledge in our schools and communities: sharing, publication, products, or taking action
  • Matching or "backmapping" kids' learning to the Common Core or to state or district standards.

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Comprehension and Collaboration, Revised Edition ships in late June. Get pre-publication savings with coupon code CANDC2.

Stephanie Harvey has spent her career teaching and learning about reading and writing. Harvey "Smokey" Daniels has been a city and suburban classroom teacher and a college professor, and now works as a national consultant and author on literacy education.

Click here to view our official page for Comprehension and Collaboration, Revised Edition


Topics: Video, Education, Education Policy, Assessment, Collaboration, Comprehension, Comprehension and Collaboration, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Inquiry, Inquiry Circles, Middle School, Stephanie Harvey

Date Published: 05/26/15

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