Look to Learn: Developing a Culture of Inquiry in Early Years’ Classrooms
The Blurb: Experienced teachers know that positive routines form a foundation to classroom learning. We often use them to manage classroom behaviours and basic skills. However, routines can also be used to engage students in critical thinking and knowledge building, activities often considered beyond the abilities of early years learners. Participants in this one day session experience what it’s like to “Look to Learn” from the inside and then use and create such activities for their own students. See how rich digital media like blogs, videos, podcasts and images stimulate interest that is then developed through routines that prompt critical and creative thinking.
While we gather: Online Introductions & Orientations
Here’s a set of materials to guide what you do.
Look to Learn Links
- Look to Learn presentation
- Look to Learn – overview
- Look to Learn Web site
- Look to Learn Sample Prompts
- Thinking Routines from the Visible Thinking team at Harvard
- Article on Making Thinking Visible by David Perkins
- Miniature Earth
- “I Can”
- Nuclear Giving
- There’s Data in them ther Kids (cartoon)
- The Global Rich List (interactive site)
Building your Looking to Learn Platform
Choose your Approach
If WordPress, then get started!
- Embed YouTube (remember &rel=0)
- Try TubeChop.com
- Embed a podcast with a player
- Embed all kinds of media in WordPress (maps, images, documents or polls?)
- Revisit the Thinking Prompts: Look to Learn Sample Prompts and Thinking Routines
- Consider a PageFlakes RSS Feed (make your own Pageflakes feed?)
- Add a link (like Pageflakes?) to your “Blogroll”
- Do you want to add the Web 2.0 Tools Panel?