I notice you’ve got a really beautiful UOI display. What’s that all about? Ha, ya, I guess it is colorful, but that’s mostly incidental. For the past couple years I’ve been engaged in experimenting with an action research project to figure out the most effective way of organizing my Unit of Inquiry boards. I think I’m on […]

Several people have asked me to share my experiences with teaching a Unit of Inquiry without sharing the Central Idea with my students. Below is an interview I participated in, as a way of sharing my experiences with others. If any folks reading this have similar experiences, questions, or comments, I’d love to hear from you. Leave […]

Peel the Fruit

I have been looking for a good way to structure my unit of inquiry board. I’ve noticed that over the course of the unit, we discover and create all kinds of useful artefacts: charts, lists, maps, questions. Without a structured way of organizing all that information and knowledge, my unit boards (and usually the surrounding walls) […]

Here are the posters I use to illustrate the PYP Key Concepts visually. The text is taken from the IB PYP’s Making it Happen. If you use these posters, please add a comment below. I’m curious if I’ve been able to help other teachers. Also, if you have any suggestions, please tell me. PYP Key Concepts […]

Question Sort vs. PYP Key Concepts

Good inquiry requires good questions. For several years I have explicitly taught my students how to ask good questions. Over time, my understanding of the art of questioning has changed, as I continue to learn how to help students create powerful and interesting research questions. As I see it, my understanding has had three stages […]

Circle of Viewpoints

I have made a simple graphic organiser to helps students follow the Circle of Viewpoints thinking routine. I find this routine an accessible way for students to see a topic or issue from different points of view. Sometimes, I use this routine first, and then add on to it with “Step Inside“. Copied directly from […]