Making authentic inquiry work! Day two

The last day of this workshop focused on the different methods and frameworks used to support, implement and connect inquiry to learning. Connections to assessment were also examined and many great discussions arose from this topic. Assessment was discussed as learning, of learning and for learning. Assessment as learning was described when students reflect upon their learning and the setting of goals based on self reflection. Assessment of learning refers to the meeting of curricular goals based on students accomplishments. Assessment for learning was occurs when Educators use observations from student progress to support their teaching. These topics were explored using the following  resources :

Natural Curiosity                             Connecting the Dots

When using the Connecting the Dots resources my favourite strategy was the Integrated learning concept map. This strategy allows for easy implementation of cross curricular connections, inquiry and project based learning. As a pre-service teacher this concept map is very helpful in laying the ground work for an inquiry approach. The concept map easily demonstrates the curricular connections, various assessment tools and student engagement. Key aspects which parents, administrators and other teachers have a keen interest in understanding how they are met through inquiry.

These are some pictures I took during free play in my grade one classroom. As the pictures progress notice how the play also changes and becomes more specific. I used these observations with the lens of assessment for learning. I have started a concept map based on these observations.

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As the slides progress you will notice how the play changes and become more elaborate as the interest and wonders of the children change. I supported the interest of building by adding loose parts to the tree blocks for children to use. As the class began to observe and learn about seasonal changes the felt and plastic leaves were added.  As the slides continue you will notice the animals and seasonal materials change.

‘ Set up play situations that have some focus to them, where you as the teacher can just observe, listen, and throw in really casual questions in really casual ways so its not always perceived as ‘I’m assessing you’   (Natural Curiosity, 2011)

– Julie Comay, JK teacher


An inspiring weekend in a beautiful setting with a wonderful colleague Mrs.Dalman! If you ever have the opportunity to attend Making authentic inquiry work, go!



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