Flipgrid Webinar

Hi there friends!

This month Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt and I will be hosting Flipgrid‘s February webinar aptly titled “Building an Inquiry Mindset”.  

Expect a vibrant discussion all about inquiry-based learning and how teachers can powerfully personalize learning for students using Flipgrid!  These takeaways will be a mix of ideas and activities you can do tomorrow in your class as well as BIG ideas that will truly transform your teaching.  We will also share some exclusive content from Inquiry Mindset to the #FlipgridFever community that hasn’t been released to the public yet.  We’ll also be giving away some copies of both Dive into Inquiry: Amplify Learning and Empower Student Voice and Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of Our Youngest Learners!

Be sure to join us by registering here and participating in the twitter chat using the #FlipgridFever hashtag.  We are super excited – see you there!

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The Power of the Provocation

A powerful start point to inquiry is the use of provocations.  In the inquiry classroom provocations are prompts, artifacts, images or videos that spark wonders, curiosities, questions and potential inquiries in our learners.

Each and every Monday I publish a provocation as part of a series titled #MeaningfulMonday.  Check out how it all began here.

As a sneak peek into Inquiry Mindset I’d like to share with you all one of the amazing sketchnotes from the book.  All of the sketches have been created by my talented co-author Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt.

The Power of a Provocation

Provocations allow us to spark learning opportunities.  Powerful discussions, engaging questions, and meaningful learning pathways are inevitabley created when we begin learning with a provocation.  Look for more in Inquiry Mindset as we share how provocations can be used in the inquiry classroom.

#MeaningfulMonday

This week’s #MeaningfulMonday is a lot of fun!  Huge thanks to friend Alec Couros for always sharing interesting content.  Y’all know how much I LOVE Rube Goldberg Machines (find out more about these fun creations here) and the below two are absolute gems.

This past weekend I was in Georgia working with some amazing educators and I had an inspiring chat with a technology teacher as we brainstormed lessons with her grade two kiddos in mind.  These two videos surfaced from our discussion.

Try this on for size no matter what grade or subject you teach: challenge your students to create a Rube Goldberg Machine of their own.  You can make this activity fun by limiting the time they have to create their machine, determining how many steps must be in their project, and even requiring them to plan and blueprint their machine before they experiment.

This activity really drives home the importance of process rather than merely the product of learning.  As students experiment they must also make observations, reflect, revise and try again and again until they achieve succeed.  Powerful stuff!

Make your Monday Meaningful y’all!

 

 

 

Announcing the Release of Inquiry Mindset!

I am extremely excited to announce the release of my next book Inquiry Mindset: Nurturing the Dreams, Wonders and Curiosities of our Youngest Learners co-authored with the amazing Rebecca Bathurst-Hunt!

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This project truly originated from my travels around the world.  The more I spoke at events and supported teachers in their adoption of inquiry, the more I realized this second book was needed.  Inquiry Mindset focuses on nurturing the skills and understandings necessary to maximize the power of personalized learning.  The book explains how this is done in the elementary years with a specific focus on the kindergarten to grade 7 setting.  Inquiry Mindset is accessible – it’s written by teachers for teachers.  It is actionable – each and every chapter is PACKED with takeaways that you can adopt over your lunch break.  And it’s meaningful – the changes we propose will create the most inspiring and powerful shifts in your classroom for both you and your students!

Some of what you can expect from Inquiry Mindset

…we unpack the role of the classroom teacher in adopting inquiry in their practice and support them in enhancing their understanding of inquiry.  The single greatest factor in ensuring a successful transition in pedagogy takes place comes down to the educator in the classroom – and our aim is to support you in your learning journey!

…we introduce the Types of Student Inquiry, a scaffolded approach to inquiry that proposes a gradual release over learning from the teacher to the student.  This scaffolding affords a ton of great benefits for both the teacher and learner.  From ensuring mandated learning objectives and curricular goals are met to best preparing our students for meaningful life long learning, you’ll love this approach to inquiry!

…how to create a learning culture that fosters curiosity, questions and passions from students and leverage these into curricular connections and assessments.  We strive to keep our students’ wonders and curiosities at the forefront of learning.  We aim to have them leave our elementary school classrooms more curious about the world than when they entered school on their first day of kindergarten!

…awesome sketchnotes, photos from classrooms and QR codes that bring big ideas to life and help educators embrace the inquiry mindset.  These images and quick links to resources help you make meaningful changes in your classroom, share these ideas with your PLN, and leverage these tools to your advantage!

…a vibrant community of like minded educators who are all on a similar learning journey and sharing their ideas and resources to our #InquiryMindset tribe!  Each chapter prompts the reader to take action, document your learning, and share it with one another.  The rich sharing, the meaningful networking and the subsequent authentic learning that occurs throughout your reading will make Inquiry Mindset the most powerful edubook you’ve read!

…and so much more!  From wonder walls, to Flipgrid, to showcase events, to the power of questions, to the role of the teacher librarian, to the curiosity jar…the list goes on and on.  You will be blown away – trust me!

As you can tell I am super proud of this book!  I simply cannot wait to get it in the hands of teachers and support you all in elevating your teaching to best support the needs of your students.  We are ramping up the excitement all month for the March release.  trevormackenzie.com is getting a complete redesign and will be our launch point for a bunch of information you don’t want to miss.  We’ll be giving away some powerful FREE resources and only people in the know on our newsletter and tuning into trevormackenzie.com will get access.  Stay tuned and as always, please share with your PLN by clicking one of the below share features.

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#MeaningfulMonday

Do you have a 3D printer in your school?

Have you used it?

Have your students?

What did they make?

Have a watch of this video by the good folks at Not Impossible and see how Mike Ebeling’s vision to help Sudanese amputees due to injuries sustained in their bloody and damaging history of conflict.

Make your Monday meaningful y’all/

My Edutopia Post

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Here is my latest post on Edutopia titled Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class: A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.

Here’s a snippet of what to expect…

“Adopting an inquiry-based learning (IBL) approach in my classroom has been the most meaningful change I have made in my teaching. The benefit of increased student agency in learning, the authentic connections we make to the world around us, and the 21st-century skills IBL nurtures are great reasons to explore how inquiry can enhance what you are doing in your classroom.

But with great opportunity come challenges all educators should consider before diving into inquiry. Perhaps one of the greatest mistakes the inquiry teacher can make is to give too much agency over learning to learners too soon. Many teachers get so inspired by the Free Inquiry process I share at conferences, as well as the demonstrations of learning students produce, that they have their students dive right into Free Inquiry when they make this powerful change in their teaching. In my experience, without scaffolding students will not feel as confident or supported through their inquiry journey.”

Hit the jump for the full piece and let me know your thoughts in the comments below!

 

#MeaningfulMonday

“People can set their mind to magical, seemingly impossible ideas and then through science and technology bring them to reality.”

Not a bad hook, eh?

Share this with your class today.  Discuss the impossible.  If you could do one thing tomorrow without fear of failure or worry of risk, what would it be?

Cue Moonshot Thinking.  Check it out.

Make you Monday meaningful y’all.