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Driving Inquiry (aka: How I Learned To Knit)

Inquiry is the main driving force in kindergarten classrooms throughout Ontario. And after a year and half of this, I feel like “I’ve got” inquiry. You want to learn about turtles? Cool, let’s go look for books and I’ll spend the afternoon sitting on a carpet with you while I hint at the strategies that you’ll need to pick up to get the information you’re looking for. You want to learn to make a snowman? Sure, let’s go outside and play in the snow all afternoon. You want to learn about space? We’ll find some fun and educational YouTube videos and see what we can figure out.

I still get butterflies in my stomach when a student asks me something that I have no idea about. I now automatically say, “I don’t know. Let’s find out together,” but that wasn’t always the case. That comes with building a good relationship with your students. I think it’s important that we tell our students, honestly: “I don’t know.” Those are powerful words, ones that kids need to hear from grown ups. I don’t have every answer. Nobody can. But that doesn’t mean I don’t feel a little queasy when I don’t, because I want to be helpful. I want to be the best guide for them possible. I want to be what they need. But it can usually be solved with saying, “I don’t know, let’s figure it out.”

Then yesterday, it wasn’t.

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DINOVEMBER IS HERE!

The Dinosaurs are up to mischief again. From: http://dinovember.tumblr.com/
The Dinosaurs are up to mischief again. From: http://dinovember.tumblr.com/

It needs to be said in ALL CAPS. It just must. To say that I’m excited is an understatement. Last year, Dinovember was one of my favourite time spent with my kindergartners. I have such fond memories of it, and the bond that I formed with my students because of it, that it wasn’t even a question to me whether or not I would participate in it again, with this new class. It made a lasting impression on those students, and, it must be said, it made a lasting impression on me. Continue reading DINOVEMBER IS HERE!