Teacher Inquiry: It Begins With A Question

 “Where teacher inquiry occurs, there is a radical, but quiet kind of educational reform in process.”

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I am fortunate to have the opportunity to join inquisitive educators engaging in classroom inquiry.  The Job Embedded Professional Learning Network (2014-2015) at Oakland Schools is several years in, facilitated by Lauren Childs.  Our textbook is a guide.

Teacher inquiry is about growth.  It is a systemic, intentional study of one’s own professional practice. The following also holds true:

  • Purpose:  to improve classroom practice
  • Focus:  to provide insight into teaching in effort to change
  • Owner:  an insider
  • Impact:  local

It differs from mere reflection in that it is intentional, problem posing, visible and collaborative.

The inquiry process begins with a question or “wondering”:

Eight Passions

  1. Help a student
  2. Improve the curriculum
  3. Develop content knowledge
  4. Strategies/techniques
  5. Beliefs/practices
  6. Personal/professional identities
  7. Social Justice
  8. Teaching/Learning Context

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‘As a teacher-inquirer in charge of your own learning, you become a part of a larger struggle in education  – the struggle to better understand, inform, shape reshape and reform standard school practice.’

 

It all begins with a question.