creating spaces for playful inquiry: April 2017

Posted on: May 28th, 2017 by jnovakowski No Comments

For our third session of our Creating Spaces for Playful Inquiry dinner series, Richmond educators came together at Grauer Elementary to share and learn together. This year at our sessions we have focused on broad themes or big ideas that cut across curriculum areas and grade levels, beginning with community, then identity and for our third time together this year, we chose to focus on place. Those that attended our Lower Mainland study tour to  the Opal School in Portland created panels reflecting on their experience. Many of our playful inquiry mentors set up either pedagogical provocations or shared provocations they developed to engage their students.

IMG_3624 IMG_3625 IMG_3627 IMG_3628 IMG_3629 IMG_3630 IMG_3631 IMG_3633 IMG_3634 IMG_3635 IMG_3636

IMG_3638 IMG_3632

IMG_3639

Playful_Inquiry_Place_Provocations_April2017

Four teachers shared their experiences visiting Opal for the first or second time – what had an impact on them and how it is affecting their practice. Thank you to April, Louesa, Laurie and Karen for your thoughtful and passionate presentations!

IMG_3641 IMG_3642

IMG_3647

IMG_3651

Based on feedback from the mentor groups during our January session, Michelle Hikida and I did a short professional learning presentation on playful mathematical inquiry and how we plan around a big idea, use provocations and projects based on students’ interests and curiosities and how we extend and sustain a math inquiry.

IMG_3655

After dinner together, we spent time in our mentor groups, zooming in on an area of interest and sharing and learning from each other.

IMG_3656 IMG_3657 IMG_3658 IMG_3659 IMG_3660

We are looking forward to continuing working together next year to support professional learning and building a playful inquiry community across our district.

~Janice

Leave a Reply