Why Are School Buses Always Yellow? Teaching for Inquiry, Prek-5

ISBN-10: 1412957338

ISBN-13: 9781412957335

Edition: 2008

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Description: This resource shows teachers how to introduce inquiry incrementally, systematically, and successfully within preschool and primary classrooms, deepening and extending children's natural curiosity. Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?: Teaching for Inquiry, PreK-3 demonstrates how to assist children creatively and strategically in their quests for answers and how to develop the inquiry process in young minds. Practitioners will discover how to use inquiry as a technique for teaching mandated content in a way that makes learning relevant, rigorous, and durable for students. Using examples from real classrooms, the book shows teachers how to connect inquiry to required content while still moving students toward more control of their own learning. Teachers can help even the youngest students to reform their initial playful, tangential, or shallow questions to deeper questions about content. As teachers develop inquiry-based units that incorporate students' queries and challenge them to become good questioners early in their educational experience, learners will develop thinking skills that will serve them throughout school.

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Book details

List price: $36.95
Copyright year: 2008
Publisher: Corwin Press
Publication date: 12/13/2007
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 216
Size: 6.75" wide x 9.75" long x 0.50" tall
Weight: 1.342

John Barell is Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Teaching at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and former public school teacher in New York City. For the past several years he has been a consultant for inquiry-based instruction and creation of science/social studies networks at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. For most of his educational career he has worked with schools nationally to foster inquiry, problem-based learning, critical thinking, and reflection. Barell is the author of several books, including Teaching for Thoughtfulness: Strategies to Enhance Intellectual Development (1995, 2nd ed.) and Developing More Curious Minds (2003).

Learn more about Rich Allen's PD offerings Richard Allen is an international consultant with more than 25 years experience coaching trainers and educators. Cofounder and president of Education Illustrated, he has taken the TrainSmart strategies beyond the United States and Canada to such diverse countries as the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, Brunei, Russia, Jordan, and Brazil. Allen is also a popular keynote speaker at international conferences, and he facilitates moti�vational and teambuilding workshops. Allen started his educational career as a high school math and drama teacher. In 1985, he became a lead facilitator for SuperCamp--an accelerated learning program for teens--and has since worked with more than 25,000 students worldwide. He completed his doctorate in educational psychology at Arizona State University, where he studied how the human brain receives, processes, and recalls information--knowledge that informs all aspects of his training strategies.

Acknowledgments
About the Author
Introduction
Inquiry Overview
"This Is Better Than Recess!": Why Inquiry Is Important
"How Do We Start the Inquiry Process?"
"How Do We Plan for Students' Questions?"
Developing Units of Instruction: "When Is It Chaos?"
"Why Are Mountains Necessary?": The Nature of Good Questions
"How Do We Know They Understand?"
Art, Music, and Physical Education
"How Do We Involve Parents in Our Inquiries?"
Inquiry and Students With Special Needs
Professional Development Beyond Our Classrooms
Conclusions
References
Index
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