November 24, 2020


Scientific Inquiry 2 (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A middle school Science teacher discusses and demonstrates the principles she uses for experiential scientific inquiry. Focus on experimentation, problem solving, and daily reflection.

Scientific Inquiry 1 (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A first-year middle school Science teacher discusses the principles and strategies she applies in creating experiential, inquiry-based learning opportunities. Emphasis on guiding questions and metacognition.

Socratic Inquiry (Colorado Springs School District 11)

A middle school Language Arts teacher guides students in Socratic dialogue to interpret and explore their readings. Emphasis on students’ roles and responsibilities, use of evidence, and peer assessment.

Assessment for Learning (Aurora School District)

A K-8 teacher explains and shows how she assesses for skills, as well as helps learners assess themselves and peers, and reflect on their learning.

21st Century Writing & Publishing (Littleton Public Schools)

High school teachers and students discuss writing and publishing in the 21st century. Students seek divergent opinions, link ideas to evidence, and create visual reports. Use of multiple collaboration and research technologies. Promising Practices June 2011 • Littleton Public Schools • Arapahoe High from C21L on Vimeo.

Inquiry Quest (Adams 12 Five Star Schools)

This district-developed ILT assessment (middle school) involves a student-selected inquiry project. The teacher conducts daily formative assessments. Focus on critical thinking, information literacy, inquiry, and problem solving.

Multiverse Learning

Tomorrow, I have the good fortune to get 15-20 minutes of time to talk with the participants at the Teacher-Librarian Day (TLD) sponsored by Teaching with Primary Sources (TPS) at Metro State in Denver (or whatever the current name of that university is). TLD2012. Thank you, Peggy O’Neill-Jones and TPS staff! I’m using this post […]

Feb CLN Webinar- Teacher Inquiry

Catch the conversation about teacher inquiry as a vehicle for professional learning as recorded during CoLearning Network’s February webinar with Michelle Bourgeois (Co-director of St. Vrain Valley School District’s Digital Learning Community [DLC]) and Stevan Kalmon (Director of the Council on 21st Century Learning) will lead the conversation. Collaborative inquiry is central to St. Vrain’s DLC […]

Thoughts from the Mosey Road

I like to drive what my colleague Dixie Good calls the Mosey Road. The roads or streets with less traffic and less anxiety. I look for roads with good flow. I don’t need to go 75, or even 55; just cruising is fine, often better, so long as I don’t have to stop frequently. Typically […]

A Well-Designed PLC…. Really

In my previous post (“Professional Learning Communities… really“), I raved about the St. Vrain Valley School District’s PLC model, the Digital Learning Collaborative. I can only hint at the intricate detail of the DLC’s excellent learning design here; if you want to know more, check the resources at the end of the previous post. But […]