๐Ÿ“‘ Inquiry in the mist โ€“ and midst โ€“ of troubling times.

Bookmarked Inquiry in the mist โ€“ and midst โ€“ of troubling times.

In returning to our classrooms in the coming weeks we will need, in part, to trust that the learners will lead us โ€“ if we take time to listen. Of course we will need to make some plans, and think ahead about what and how to manage the opportunity and the challenge but if we plan too tightly (even with the best of intentions) we may miss out on the most important element in the inquiry process โ€“ tuning in to the thinking and feeling of the learners themselves in order to get gradual clarity about the best ways forward. So ask your kids โ€“ ask them for permission to have the conversation in the first place, ask them how they feel about talking about it and โ€“ if they want to โ€“ ask them to share their wonderings and allow yourself to ask โ€œWhat does this reveal to me? Where might we need to go next?โ€

Kath Murdoch reflects on the Australian bushfires and the challenge of grief work. She provides a number ofย suggestions to support teachers, including staying open to possibilities, inviting students rather than assuming a position, think conceptually and take action associated with the situation.

Many of us feel more positive about challenging situations when we feel we are taking action โ€“ when we have some agency to make a difference.ย ย Your students may wish to explore some of the many โ€˜actionsโ€™ being carried out by people within communities all around the world and be part of these,ย ย This is a great time to make real connections with individuals, community groups, and organisations and empower your students through involvement in real projects.

This builds on Jackie French’s discussion of learning in the midst of tragedy.

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