Teaching as Inquiry

TAI is a catch phrase for the collaborative and reflective ‘stuff’ that often happens in a ‘whole-listic’ way – naturally and orally – with lots of conversations between teachers happening at odd moments.

Since any teaching strategy works differently in different contexts for different students, effective pedagogy requires that teachers inquire into the impact of their teaching on their students.
Inquiry into the teaching–learning relationship is a cyclical process that goes on moment by moment (as teaching takes place), day by day, and over the longer term. The process can be used by teachers or leaders, for individual or whole school inquiries. http://assessment.tki.org.nz/Assessment-in-the-classroom/Teaching-as-inquiry

Unfortunately I’m feeling stifled with having to meet deadlines and post things for others to see. For me, when you try to tie it down it ends up being stifled and stilted and not true TAI. I’d rather just work away at it – and blog here in my own space!

I started out looking at how to engage my lower students – the ones who lag behind, not just academically, but also in getting their work done. However I’m now looking at my upper cohort of students as well and looking to see what I can I do to engage them more and encourage them to explore and soar in their learning.

I decided to try doing a mix of big group and independent work with my upper cohort and I’m excited by the response from them – they are relishing working independently, at their own pace, and in their own space. This week I’m going to try giving my lower cohort some independent working time and space (and devices) – I want to see if this will give them an incentive to ‘step-up’ and complete their work. Of course they won’t be left to swim – there will be one-on-one time with me as usual but they will also have to work on their time management to complete the tasks.

The larger bulk of my class are a great group who love to work together in collaborative groups and I will take advantage of that with them this week as well.

I’m also going to revisit an old video that I made as part of my research and see what ideas I can garner to help me work with all my students.

It’s going to be an interesting week.