Understanding Inquiry

Inquiry is at the core of our program at the Calgary Science School. It is an approach to learning and teaching (including teacher learning) that is the foundation of all we do. Our thinking around inquiry is that it is more than just 'doing projects' but is rather nurturing a dispostion toward critical thinking, reflection and idea improvement in all learners in our building. We recognize that it can be a challenge for parents to fully understand this approach, given that it often looks much different from traditional learning. We have added this segment to our site in order to post relevant articles, videos or websites that will help parents have a clearer picture of what learning looks like at the Calgary Science School, what we are expecting of our students, and how they can best be supported.

via Neil Stephenson through Connect!

The Pedagogy of Play and the Role of Technology in Learning

posted Feb 14, 2012, 8:54 AM by Deirdre Bailey

by Aran Levasseur

"The goal of the videogame "Civilization" is to build a civilization that stands the test of time. You start the game in 4000 B.C. as a settler and, with successful gameplay, can create a civilization that lasts until the Space Age. Throughout the game, you need to manage your civilization's military, science, technology, commerce and culture.

One doesn't read "The Decline and Fall of the Roman Empire" to develop strategy before playing the game. One starts by playing. This is true for all videogames. You start by exploring the world with curiosity and begin to develop a hypothesis of what you're supposed to do. Through trial, error, pattern recognition, logic and chance you continually reformulate your trajectory."

Math Class Needs a Makeover

posted Dec 11, 2011, 7:03 PM by Deirdre Bailey   [ updated Dec 11, 2011, 7:05 PM ]

Today’s math curriculum is teaching students to expect — and excel at — paint-by-numbers classwork, robbing kids of a skill more important than solving problems: formulating them. in this TED talk, Dan Meyer, one of North America's leading educators and innovators, shows classroom-tested math exercises that prompt students to stop and think. 
Photo from mrmeyer.com 

Changing Education Paradigms

posted Nov 19, 2011, 10:41 AM by Deirdre Bailey   [ updated Dec 9, 2011, 1:36 PM ]

Sir Ken Robinson, PhD is an internationally recognized leader in the development of education, creativity and innovation. His book The Element: How Finding Your Passion Changes Everything (Penguin/Viking 2009) is a New York Times best seller and has been translated into twenty-one languages. His latest book is a 10th anniversary edition of his classic work on creativity and innovation, Out of Our Minds: Learning to be Creative (Capstone/Wiley). The following TED talk has been seen by an estimated 200 million people in over 150 countries.

Introduction to Inquiry

posted Nov 18, 2011, 1:41 PM by Deirdre Bailey   [ updated Dec 9, 2011, 1:31 PM ]

Neil is the Calgary Science Schools Professional Development and Outreach Coordinator. An award winning educator, social media guru and pioneer in the field of inquiry, Neil has recently compiled an "Introduction to Inquiry" document to help guide meaningful inquiry based practice at CSS and beyond.

Introduction to Inquiry

What is Inquiry?

posted Nov 18, 2011, 1:22 PM by Deirdre Bailey   [ updated Apr 25, 2012, 1:20 PM ]

Our own Mrs. Park is an award winning Calgary educator with over 9 years of experience teaching students in a variety of grades and subject areas. Her work has been widely shared by Galileo Educational Network. This video is a compilation of the inquiry-based work her Grade 3 class put together during the 2010-2011 school year. 


Video copyright of Amy Park

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