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Santa Fe: Day 2 & Day 3 Final Keynotes

 *photo by Kristin Ziemke

This weekend was about many things. At the core, however, it was about living our lives as curious learners.  This enables us to invite our students to this life of being curious and discovering how to take action with our new learning.

As we experienced, it doesn't happen through sit and get. It doesn't happen through endless lecture and assigned print-based materials. It happens through conversation, questions, exploration, reading, image study, relationships, dance, tears, and joy.

Scroll through the tweets to share in the laughter, the tears, the performances, the learning, and the fire that was Santa Fe Multi-Day Institute 2018.

(Click here for our recap of Santa Fe: Day 1)

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Harvey “Smokey” Daniels Previews Upcoming Multi-Day Institute in Santa Fe

On today's podcast we’re talking with Heinemann author Harvey “Smokey” Daniels. Smokey is giving us a preview of Heinemann’s upcoming Multi-Day Institute titled: Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry: Pathways to Literacy, Empathy Achievement and Action Presented by Sara Ahmed, Harvey "Smokey" Daniels, Cornelius Minor, Nancy Steineke and Kristin Ziemke.

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Multi-Day Institute: Teaching With Student Directed Inquiry

"What should a student's day look like? Reading fascinating materials. Doing quick writing pieces. Sharing ideas. Responding to others. Discussing the big concepts, patterns and processes of the discipline. Debating controversies. Wanting to know more. Becoming an inquirer in the field."

-Harvey "Smokey" Daniels and Nancy Steineke


This January, take your curious adult-self (colleagues, too!) to Santa Fe, New Mexico for this Intensive Professional Learning Institute for K–12 Educators. You will experience everything you want our students to do, firsthand, while also making the practical translations to back-home realities.

Led by five outstanding authors and consultants, Sara Ahmed, Smokey Daniels, Cornelius Minor, Nancy Steineke, and Kristin Ziemke, you will deepen your learning in these strands:

  • Reading and WritingLessons that develop deeper thinking, build knowledge, and invite kids to engage with the world.
  • Teaching with Inquiry—Four types of student inquiries and 10 ways to find time for them.
  • Social-Academic Lessons—Explicit lessons in creating a supportive climate of classroom harmony, productive discussion, and responsible small-group work all year long.
  • Just-Right Technology—The right tools for the job—selecting and using technologies that truly enhance thinking and interaction in the classroom.
  • Including Everyone—Supporting English language learners, students with special needs, kids who are shy or introverted, and those who struggle.
  • Instructional Leadership—Guidance on how to promote change and implement best practice teaching for principals, coaches, and curriculum specialists.

Group Discounts are available!

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PLC Series: Turn Inquiry into Action

Welcome back to the Heinemann Professional Development Professional Learning Community (PLC) series. We hope you are enjoying our new format for the 2017-2018 year! 

Each month, we share 2 posts designed to provoke thinking and discussion, through a simple framework, incorporating mini-collections of linked content into your professional development time. 

This month, our posts will invite us to welcome curiosity, inquiry, and action for our classrooms and school communities. 

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The power of technology allows us to easily act on a connection with stories, supporting projects or organizations linked to meaningful causes. A simple scroll through social media allows you to hear a plea for help and give with a simple click of a button.

Think of any causes you supported in the past few years. Was it to grow research? Raise awareness? Crowdsource funding? Why did you make these choices? Did the story touch you? Have you or a family member found yourself in a similar position of need?


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PLC Series: Inquiry Honors Student Thinking

Welcome back to the Heinemann Professional Development Professional Learning Community (PLC) series. We are excited to present a new format for the 2017-2018 year! 

Each month, we'll share 2 posts designed to provoke thinking and discussion, through a simple framework, incorporating mini-collections of linked content into your professional development time. 

This month, our posts will invite us to welcome curiosity, inquiry, and action for our classrooms and school communities. 

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“It's called "wayfinding"… it's not just sails and knots, it's seeing where you're going in your mind. Knowing where you are by knowing where you've been.”  —Maui in Disney’s Moana (2016)
 

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To understand how to authentically bring the cycle of inquiry to your students, we need to reflect upon how this process looks in our adult lives. What types of questions do we ask? When? Where do we go for information? How do we deal with roadblocks? What does it look like to synthesize and share what we learned?

Jot down a memory you have where you wondered something specific and pursued an answer a question—could be a two-minute Google search or a longer-term experience. Be sure to list how you investigated (alone, with others, online, print material etc), how you determined which information was relevant, important, and valid, and then what did you do with it. Did you post on social media? Write about it? Call someone? Simply exhale and move on?

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Taking the Fear Out of Jumping Into Inquiry

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Let's face it, the idea of jumping into student-directed inquiry can be overwhelming. Fears over releasing control to students—and visions of students losing control—can seem like too much to handle to even consider dipping one’s toe into the waters of inquiry. But the truth is, successful student-directed inquiry is a highly structured, adaptable framework that honors kids questions about the world and fits any curriculum. There is no need for it to be scary.

In the following video, author Harvey “Smokey” Daniels talks about how doing inquiry correctly can turn that trepidation into fulfillment and fun for both teachers and students alike.

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