Deepen Teacher Inquiry Series - Part 19

Disobedient teaching is what happens when you close the door on your classroom or office and try unconventional things because your professional compass tells you that it is right.
— Welby Ings

The name of the game is - Deepen Teacher Inquiry.
The outcome of the game is - empowered teacher learning - which all going well will lead to improved impacts on student learning.
After all - as an education institute - we are all in the learning business. Learning for teachers and learning for students.
Teachers! - to inquire deeply into the impacts on student learning, you need to be engaged at three levels. The process of an inquiry requires teachers to - belook for and do - across three phases.
The first phase of an inquiry is the EXPLORE phase. The phase in which teachers explore what they know, identify the learning gaps of their students and design new strategies. To action curiosity about what is happening for the students and their learning.

Exploration is curiosity put into action.
— Don Walsh

During the explore phase of an inquiry - teachers are exploring what they know and are exploring trends that are connected to the data.

During the explore phase of an inquiry, teachers need to be connected to the data that is available to them. To have an understanding of what data is relevant and what data is not. This aspect of an inquiry plan is a little like sifting the flour when baking a cake. Getting the irrelevant lumps out of the mixture so that the best cake possible can be made. (Himmmm - who’s hungry?)

As educators, teachers have a rife of data at our fingertips. The challenge is knowing what data is relevant and knowing what data to put to the side. The Explore phase of an inquiry is about developing a hunch and identifying the learning needs of the students. During the explore phase of an inquiry, teachers need to use the information they have at hand to determine the learning needs of their students. Once the learning needs are identified, the rest of the inquiry will follow.

Identify | Design | Test
New Teaching or Learning Strategies.

The explore phase of the inquiry is about identifying, designing or trying new teaching or learning strategies. These strategies are designed to overcome the identified learning gap for students or to elevate student learning.

So, I think you are getting an idea of the theme here. Deepen Teacher Inquiry is about trying new strategies. - Be innovative and creative in your problem solving, teaching and learning practices.

Now, to support this innovation and creativity - it is essential that teachers feel enabled to explore ways to know the impact.
Evidence of impacts is a critical element of the explore phase of an inquiry.
In the explore phase of an inquiry, teachers are engaged in designing strategies for learning in response to an identified learning need and planning for the evidence to be collected so that teachers can measure impact.

So, explore away - it is the most important part of a teacher inquiry. The explore phase sets the inquiry up. It requires teachers to be curious, innovative and exploratory in their practice in a world that often doesn't allow such innovation. Take it and own it. It is  - The most powerful learning tool…...For teachers!

How deep is your explore phase? - could you streamline the process to make it more efficient and effective? - after all, we need teacher inquiry to be manageable but empowering all at the same time.
Until next week - go well.


Do you have teachers who are struggling with the design of their teacher inquiries and need a little leg up to get them up and running with great inquiries? - I can help!


What my clients have to say.....
"A fabulous, useful, inspiring course that has encouraged me to embrace inquiry and use it as a tool to use rather than leave and have it disconnected. The passion and the enthusiasm were contagious and wonderful - Tabitha, you really do ensure that we leave the room happy and mindful of what we do now."
- Laura Abbott

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