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Malvern ICTPD Teaching as Inquiry Reflections

This resource is a follow on from the video the lead teachers made in May this year. Available here

As part of the contract all cluster teachers were expected to complete a "Teaching as Inquiry" cycle. The teachers all planned one at the beginning of the year and then reflected on it at the end of the year.

Through the course of these reflections we hoped to be able to come up with some next steps for the final year of the contract in 2012.

Topics varied from teacher to teacher and school to school however a popular focus was Digital Citizenship. Many teachers have done explicit teaching on cybersafety and cyber bullying as well as discussions around all the other dangers of being online.

Some of the completed plans can be found here.

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  • Diane Mills

    I enjoyed watching your video with the mix of staff and student input.  Reflection on the use of SOLO taxonomy to encourage higher order thinking amongst students, looks like it has taken hold with  students from some of the cluster schools able to articulate their next steps competently.  Likewise with the work on cyber safety, students have an appreciation of what it means to be safe online.  Teachers in their reflections also made mention of the fact that ongoing support is needed with this.  Teaching as Inquiry is obviously giving all the schools within the cluster the opportunity to focus on what is important to them, rather than a one size fits all approach.

  • Danny Bedingfield

    Hi Diane

    Thanks for your comments. Yes the students reflecting on SOLO was a great interview. It really showed their understanding of how SOLO can help them in their learning and developing next steps. That particular school has been focussing on SOLO for 3 years now so that is the product of a lot of hard work.

    The Teaching as Inquiry model has been a work in progress and still needs refining for next year. We really want to encourage that process and especially the reflection and next steps part of the cycle.

    Its all a learning curve, and a challenge. But it is a great experience for all teachers involved.


  • Tessa Gray

    Hi Danny, thanks for sharing this link with me. You and your teachers/students have been very busy and I agree with Diane - comments about the in-depth responses, show consolidated new learning in both SOLO and cyber-safety.

    I have particularly enjoyed how you have captured the teacher and student voice - following on from your last reflective summary. There is some real gold for others to benefit from in there – particularly practical ways to address cyber-safety (ways to manage pop ups, information sharing, strong passwords etc) so that students are not only aware of the issues, but are displaying the appropriate behaviors as a consequence of this new learning.

    It has also been invaluable to see how these reflections feed into future steps for teachers in 2012.

    Thanks again for sharing,

    Tino kino te pai!

    Tess Smile