The Inquiry Diary – the power of collaborative documentation

Justwondering

Over the many years I have been involved in the field of inquiry based learning, there are a few ‘tried and true’ strategies that have stood the test of time.   I’m not sure where the idea of a class ‘inquiry diary’ came from. Perhaps it goes back to my early teaching days and what I learned about the power of language experience for teaching beginning readers.  This approach was then in its ‘hey day’ and taught me a lot about the need to give young language learners opportunities to connect the abstract world of print to the concrete world of lived experience. The resulting texts would be returned to over and over again by the children.  Books, wall stories, other shared texts created about our walk to the park, about the day the chick escaped and ended up in the dress up box, about the helicopter that landed on the oval…

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