This year I will be in fourth year and I hope to use the same format to establish the essential agreements, but I hope to have stronger conditions. I think class chords are okay for the self-motivated learner, but they`re not a challenge for them. I am new to inquiry learning and PYP. I only have it in Grade 4. But I seem to see too many teachers (maybe even myself!) giving empty words about the idea of the agreement, the idea that students actively participate in the construction of such agreements. In fact, if we creatively insert our students into making the agreements we want from our class. It`s hard for us to let go of control and guide students to make their decisions, not ours. I sometimes have the same thing with the survey. Yes, the survey is often structured and needs to be structured, but do we pretend to ask questions about what students are interested in, or do we only find less than obvious ways to get them where we have already decided they should be? These two topics have been of great concern to me when the school year starts where I am. Teachers are always supposed to set standards in a classroom.
Teaching students to be self-disciplined and to learn respect is to become a science student. Class chords can make a class extremely awesome. Class chords can cause anyone to act and think in the same way as their teacher. The ten opportunities you have created by Ms. Sackson are very important for an educational process. You mentioned that you need to spend time before you establish your beliefs about learning. This was very important for a person who takes his time before hurrying to do his job. The benefit of essential agreements is to create a culture of community learning, determined by the learners in that community. I feel like I`m going to refer to this piece a few times in the coming weeks! Thank you for sharing that.
Your timing is impeccable! The school year in New Zealand starts next week. I will share your contribution with my team. 🙂 I really like that you focus on the activities related to the agreement, and not just on the agreement itself. I think it`s as important to put the right context as the message itself. Okay – all the way. Many teachers impose their learning needs and experiences on those of their classroom. My starting point for exploring this approach was Barbara Prashnig and her work. Here is the link to their article “10 False Beliefs about Learning. Click here to click on 10%20False%20Beliefs.pdf Fantastic comment, thank you Kris! (Do you work with Vanessa?!) A big change (and a challenge!) for the new Inquiry professors is to let go and stop playing “guess what`s in my head”. You could start by pretending to do so – it`s liberating if you`re able to really let go and let students take responsibility for learning (including as part of structured study).
Three great resources for you are the blog Inquire Within , Just Wondering (Kath Murdoch, blog of the Inquiry Gurus) and Inquiry as Stance on Curriculum, an article by Kathy short. .