This week we started our new Unit of Inquiry. Our Central idea is, People use a variety of skills and strategies that contribute to their role in a community of learners.
We begin the unit, by tuning in.
Purposes of Tuning In
- to assess students' thoughts, feelings and understandings about the topic
- to reveal students' misconceptions (so they can be explicitly addressed)
- to help students personally connect to the topic
- to generate questions and goals for learning
Tuning in activities are about students sharing their thoughts and feelings. The role of the teacher is to provide various ways in which to do this, recognizing different learning styles.