Inquiry Partners is a global organization dedicated to increasing critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills through powerful inquiry-based professional development coaching and videos for teachers and trainers.
What Do The Videos Look Like?
Each video explores one of the “inquiry five” strategies in depth with brief descriptions of the research base, examples from elementary, middle and high school classrooms and multiple subject areas, and a set of next steps for applying the strategies and evaluating the impact). There are five videos in the Inquiry Five series, each one designed to fit into a one-hour meeting (and easily adjustable for different time-frames). The videos are each approx. 15 minutes in length and intentionally designed to be used in conjunction with individual and group activities to provoke discussion and encourage reflection.
The i5 Video Series Also Includes:
• A detailed Workshop Agenda and Facilitator Guide for each video
• A list of curated Resources to accompany each video
• Inquiry Partners Observation Forms and Protocols
• The Inquiry Unit Plan Template
• The i5 Classroom Diagnostic
How Much Do The i5 Video Series Cost?
In-person workshop leaders charge upwards of USD$10,000 to design and facilitate a series of workshops like these. Inquiry Partners is offering all five workshops at a special Back-To-School rate of USD$1,499 if you order by November 30, 2014 (these will be priced at USD$1,999 starting December 1, 2014). The videos are often used for whole staff meetings, department meetings, PLCs and Critical Friends Groups and at parent meetings to showcase some of the strategies teachers will be using in the school and to encourage parents to try these at home as well.
We accept all major credit cards and purchase orders. The video series can be immediately downloaded upon payment or we can send a flashdrive and workshop guide by first class mail to those whose internet connections are not reliable.
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What Will Happen As a Result of These Video Workshops?
The video workshops are designed to, first and foremost, dramatically improve students’ critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills. They achieve this by demonstrating how teachers can implement simple structures and facilitate classroom conversations to increase student engagement and participation – at every grade level; in every subject area. Teachers, school and organizational leaders and parents who have engaged in our video workshops report the following outcomes:
I learned how to:
• Engage even the most reluctant students in discussions
• Motivate students to stick with difficult material
• Increase the amount of time my students are discussing content-based ideas
• Improve relationships (students-students; teacher-students; students-content)
• Dramatically improve satisfaction ratings among staff, students and parents
• Grow students’ critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills
What Topics Do You Cover?
There are five key strategies discussed in the i5 Video Series. Here is an overview:
Workshop #1: Get Personal
Creating strong emotional bonds
• The importance of integrating storytelling as a tool for learning
• Understanding how to use the school community for project/problem based learning opportunities
• Increasing student-to-student talk
• Demonstrating how (appropriately) provocative images and controversial statements can increase participation and interest
Workshop #2: Ask More; Talk Less
Placing the cognitive demand where it belongs: on the students
• Setting up the structures an habits for successful student-to-student dialogue
• Asking great questions (higher on Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge)
• Digging deeper to assess true student understanding
Workshop #3: Encourage Evidence
Habituating source citing and analysis
• Honoring personal experiences as a source of information
• Getting students to regularly analyze their sources of information for potential bias
• Regularly citing our own sources as teachers
• Addressing “The Google Generation”
Workshop #4: Maintain Neutrality
Creating classrooms where students take risks with their ideas
• Pivoting from responding to asking more questions
• Holding back teacher reactions by enlisting the classroom instead
Workshop #5: Increase Thinking Time
Taking time to smell the roses of learning
• Extending ‘Wait Time’
• Integrating ‘Mindfulness’
Tell stories that allow the students to relate. If it's important to you then it's important to your class. Make a connection.
Ask great questions, talk less and listen more. Let the students struggle to figure things out.
Encourage more discussion by using a neutral reaction. Students will take more risks when they are not judged.
Students learn to back up their evidence and ideas with sources.
Offer students more time to think before answering a question. Wait for the best answers!