I first met Colleen Rose when she reached out to me on twitter during her reading of Dive into Inquiry. We collaborated a bit at first and our connection grew into a trip to her school just north of Thunder Bay, Ontario to Nipigon-Red Rock High School. While there I worked with her amazing colleagues and co-leaders of the day Lindsay Miller Costa and Stephen Wilson. I’m incredibly blessed to work with so many inspiring and dedicated teachers. These three have been awesome additions to my PLN.
Have a read of Colleen’s review of Dive into Inquiry below and follow these #edustars at their various online spaces.
“Last month, I hit a wall. I realized that I had been assuming quite a bit about my pedagogical methods as well as my classroom structure, and I knew I had work to do. What that work was, wasn’t obvious at the time but at least I had identified the problem.
Last week, my copy of Trevor MacKenzie’s Dive Into Inquiry arrived in the mail and the timing seemed almost serendipitous. I tore into the book like a drowning swimmer reaching for a life raft.
I appreciated the message in the foreword, provided by Alec Couros, whose work I’ve appreciated for quite some time. His assertion that Trevor’s book could address questions that had been occupying space in my mind was more than enough to keep me interested. The emphasis on authenticity in the school environment, “practical approaches [married] with …theoretical and philosophical understandings“, and a “solid pedagogical framework” promised hope for someone yearning to connect the dots and establish order within my unknown vision of an ideal classroom setting.
Trevor’s own stories of working with high school students mirrored many of my own experiences and concerns, and I felt that I could identify with the challenges he had faced while teaching. Maybe his model of inquiry might work for my students too…
I honestly can’t wait to see where this takes me and my students…!