One of our school division initiatives this year is a partnership between the teacher-librarian and a teacher at every elementary school in the division. Each term, the learning partners will have an opportunity to attend a robust inquiry professional development session and will also be provided with a .5 day to plan. The goal of the robust inquiry project, as outlined by the Saskatoon Public School Division is to:
- Build a robust inquiry question that is authentic, significant, and relevant to students’ learning
- Develop an outline that details the facilitation of rigorous worthy inquiry tasks
- What are the milestones or benchmarks for classroom projects?
- What is my readiness for processes and skills needed for this project?
- What is my role(s) and opportunities in growing project successes?
- Have I fostered transformational technology use as outlined in the H.E.A.T. Spectrum?
- Foster the use of affinity groups (Learning Circles/PLN/Social Media) for furthering learning and celebrating student successes
Since I am at two elementary schools I have a few different inquiry projects on the go in grades two, three and four as well as an inquiry with some of our English as an Additional Language students.