design of the Inquiry Hub back in April, 2012. The Inquiry Hub opened this September so we interviewed Dave again to follow their journey.
They are working on scaffolding and planning this first year where they give learners autonomy on what they want to do. The most powerful piece is that they built in more reflection as it relates to inquiry.
The structure of the Inquiry Hub is around topics. In the morning, the teachers and learners start off with a topical workshop. Then the learners work on online courses guided by their teachers. In the afternoon they work on their inquiry project individually and/or collaboratively. Dave shared a topic that took a life of its own: The Green Inquiry Project where Shauna, Sophia, and Hannah wrote and received a wildlife grant as part of their environmental sustainability group.
This is just one example how inquiry builds ideas that can involve communities. The Inquiry Hub is a school that realizes how community is important -- that inquiry drives learning. They have started portfolios using Dropbox. Year 2, they plan to update their vision around portfolios and how they collect and reflect on evidence of learning.
Dave shared seven key aspects that can help transform any classroom into a more engaging, and student empowered learning space. See the introductory post: http://pairadimes.davidtruss.com/7-ways-to-transform-your-classroom/