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Comprehension and Collaboration

Inquiry Circles in Action

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This 'how-to' for educators was a good read and will be a great resource. The authors, Harvey and Daniels, have expertise in comprehension and student collaboration respectively. In this text they team up to provide educators with a model for the development of successful inquiry circles in k-12 classrooms. Inquiry circles are small teams of students who conduct investigations about topics of interest. The duo acknowledges the inherent challenges in creating a collaborative classroom such as:

 

They offer useful strategies for over coming them to create small-group inquiry circles that work.

 

The book opens with information on what research suggests about comprehension, collaboration, and the benefits of inquiry. Some useful insights from this section include: finishing this page with the book details is something that someone could volunteer to do

Comprehension "the evolution of thought that occurs while reading, listening" or viewing"

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Collaboration

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 Inquiry

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From here, the text offers strategies for preparing your classroom and lessons for inquiry circles.  It suggests that teachers must get physically and mentally ready for the challenge at hand. Discuss the list of 10 things from page 76- 77, 113, 144

The process the teacher and students undergo as they use the suggested method of building knowledge:

           Teacher: Gradual release of responsibility... further discussion needed

           Students: 4 non-linear stages: Immerse, Investigate, Coalesce, and Go Public... further discussion needed

Four Models of Inquiry Circles - 

 Mini-Research: Getting Started with Small-Group Inquiry

Curriculum Investigations

 Literature Circle Extensions

Open Inquiries and Negotiated Curriculum

 

Wraps up with assessing and evaluating inquiry circles

 

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