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What Is Inquiry All About Anyway?


In the new and revised edition of Comprehension and Collaboration, Stephanie Harvey and Harvey "Smokey" Daniels invite you to see inquiry not as a project-based mode of learning but as something that happens all the time in every classroom.

Comprehension and Collaboration, Revised Edition ships in late June. In today's blog, coauthor Stephanie Harvey describes inquiry as a way of living and learning inside of school.

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Principles That Guide Us

When we commit to helping kids develop and use knowledge, we carefully set the scene. We create a culture where everyone can think and investigate well together. As we know, any culture is made up of beliefs, attitudes, habits, rou­tines, rituals, systems, processes, materials, and artifacts. Ten key elements are important when we work with kids. We consistently see these same elements being skillfully addressed in the classrooms of veteran inquiry teachers like the ones who have contributed to this book. In inquiry-based classrooms we do the following:

  1. Set up a flexible and engaging environment
  2. Gather great text, resources, and technology
  3. Hone our teaching language
  4. Provide for rich interaction
  5. Differentiate instruction for everyone
  6. Teach with the big ideas in mind
  7. Promote authenticity, relevance, and significance
  8. Think about purpose
  9. Foster passion, curiosity, and fun
  10. Help kids take action.

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Join Steph and Smokey on Tuesday, May 19 at 8:00pm EST for a Comprehension and Collaboration Twitter chat. Follow #CompAndCollab on Twitter.

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


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