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Lines of Inquiry

We’ve got our theme, we’ve worked out our central idea and we know our topics… so that now leaves our lines of inquiry and the essential questions that will drive our units of inquiry. We’ve spent a lot of time learning about good questioning techniques and the importance of good questions to drive meaningful inquiry so we are relatively knowledgeable in this area.

Lines of inquiry are a little trickier but now that we’re in groups we’re able to share our thinking skills and feed off each other.

Collaboratively, we designed lines of inquiry that we felt would help us address the central idea. Some of our lines of inquiry require tweaking and we’ll be working on the tweaking and essential questions this week.

We’ve created some posters to demonstrate our topic, concepts and lines of inquiry. Here they are…

Inquiry Issues

Issues, issues, issues…

It is time to decide on topics and organise our groups so that we can start planning and thinking about our chosen issues. We revisited our list of real issues that we identified as fitting under the theme of how we organise ourselves, and being relevant to our central idea, both locally and globally.

From here we chose an issue that we were passionate about and then found others who were also passionate about the same issue. There was a good spread of topics and groups with some minor tweaking here and there to ensure that everyone was in a group as they needed to demonstrate social skills throughout the inquiry.

The issues that we chose can be found on the Exhibition page above.

Getting Ready to Start Inquiring…

We’ve spent several sessions revisiting the Exhibition and considering what it is and what it isn’t…

We know that we’ll need to demonstrate our knowledge by using all the transdisciplinary skills, concepts, attitudes and learner profile attributes throughout our unit of inquiry.

We’ll also need to consider what action could arise from our inquiry which is a really important aspect of this process.

So now we’re ready to starting developing a central idea for the whole class, to decide on our topics and to plan our units of inquiry. There are definitely exciting times ahead!

Factors in Maths

As we began our inquiry into Fractions, we learnt about factors and factors trees which led us to a question on factor trees and how we could show all the factors on the one tree.

As we inquired into this, we watched this video by the Khan Academy on factors and explored some other resources. We soon discovered that larger numbers can have several factor trees and are not limited to one containing ALL the factors.

We also learnt a lot more about prime and composite numbers and took our learning further to discover the rules (tricks) for determining whether a large number is divisible by three or four.

If you’re interested have a look at this video;

Finding Out

Over the last couple of weeks we developed our Central Idea, worked out our Groups and Lines of Inquiry, designed our Essential Questions. Now we’ve been assigned our Mentors and Supervisors and we’re right into the Finding Out phase of our inquiries.

During this phase it’s important that we make contact with our Mentors and Supervisors as they’ll help us to make sure that we’re on task and on the right track… We’ve also got to talk to them about our plans to find out what we need to and explain to them how we plan on doing so.

This week already, there have been many groups who have written emails and/or made phone calls to primary and secondary sources of information. Some groups have even visited organisations that relate to their inquiries. It has been very exciting and we’re all learning a lot with each experience! The biggest things that we’ve learnt so far is the importance of being prepared (questions and information) and the huge value that can be gained from talking to an ‘expert’ in their area!

Lines of Inquiry

We’ve got our theme, we’ve worked out our central idea and we know our topics… so that now leaves our lines of inquiry and the essential questions that will drive our units of inquiry. We’ve spent a lot of time learning about good questioning techniques and the importance of good questions to drive meaningful inquiry so we are relatively knowledgeable in this area. Lines of inquiry are a little trickier but now that we’re in groups we’re able to share our thinking skills and feed off each other.

Collaboratively, we designed lines of inquiry that we felt would help us address the central idea. Some of our lines of inquiry require tweaking and we’ll be working on the tweaking and essential questions this week.

We’ve created some posters to demonstrate our topic, concepts and lines of inquiry.

Here they are…

 

Inquiry Topics

Topics, topics, topics…

Exhibition TopicsBefore heading off to Canberra for our excursion into government, it is time to decide on topics and organise our groups so that we can start planning and thinking about our topic. We revisited our list of real issues that we identified as fitting under the theme of sharing the planet and being relevant locally and globally. From here we chose an issue (topic) that we were passionate about and then found others who were also passionate about the same issue (topic). There was a good spread of topics and groups with some minor tweaking here and there to ensure that everyone was in a group as they needed to demonstrate social skills throughout the inquiry.

The issues that we chose as a class ended up being homelessness, rubbish, bullying, racism, shark finning, asylum seekers, over-population, social networking, coral bleaching, and sweatshop production.

Getting Ready to Start Inquiring!

Exhibition Planning - Designing Assessment Rubric (3)We’ve spent several sessions revisiting the Exhibition and considering what it is and what it isn’t… We know that we’ll need to demonstrate our knowledge by using all the transdisciplinary skills, concepts, attitudes and learner profile attributes throughout our unit of inquiry. We’ll also need to consider what action could arise from our inquiry which is a really important aspect of this process. So now we’re ready to start working towards developing a central idea for the whole class, to decide on our topics and to plan our units of inquiry. There are definitely exciting times ahead!