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/
- Inquiry (Give Learners Voice) Students seek and explore their own questions
- Voice (Give Learners a Voice) Provide students with meaningful opportunities to share.
- Audience (Give Learners an Audience) Student work is shared with more than teachers and peers.
- Community (Give learners a community to collaborate with) Collaboration with teachers and peers with global and local communities.
- Leadership (Give learners opportunities to lead) Students as lead learners in our school and in our world.
- Play (Give learners opportunities to play) School as a learning sandbox
- Networks (Give learners digitally connected space to learn) Connected learning in both physical and digital spaces.