Deepen Teacher Inquiry Series - Part 20

I have no special talents, I am only passionately curious.
— Albert Einstein

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.

Do | Look for | Be -  To Extract Your Findings

The second phase of an inquiry is the extract phase. The phase in which teachers extract information about the impact the strategy has had on students learning. I repeat - Students Learning. Not necessarily student achievement! 

During the EXTRACT phase of an inquiry - teachers are extracting information about what has happened for the learning of the students. The extract phase of an inquiry is a bit like a game of hiding and seek. Sometimes the evidence is not right in front of you. You need to“play with your data.”  [refer to Deepen Teacher Inquiry Series - Part 12]
Playing with your data helps you get beneath the surface and dig deep into your learning and the undercurrent of what is happening to the students learning.”

"Curiosity is the gateway to learning"

So during the extract phase of a teacher inquiry, teachers are actively involved in seeking evidence. Questioning with curiosity. Questioning students about their learning and finding out what has happened with the learning for the students.

Teachers need to actively plan for the collection of evidence of the impact of the strategy on students learning in a way the is defined as being curious. Curiosity is a hunger to explore and a delight in discovery. When we are curious, we approach the world with a child-like habit of poking and prodding and asking questions. We are attracted to new experiences. Rather than pursuing an agenda or a desired set of answers, we follow our questions where they lead. 


So being curious is the gateway to learning - without curiosity, learning is not deep. If Inquiry is the most powerful learning tool for teachers, then the curiosity element is vital for teacher learning.

When exploring the evidence, teachers need to actively look for the impact on learning. To seek the effects on learning, teachers will engage in the Extraction and analysis of the evidence.  Evidence analysis allows teachers to know the impact the strategy has had on learning. The search for impact shifts teachers from thinking they have had an impact in knowing that impact. When teachers are extracting the evidence from their inquiry, they will be able to know the impact their inquiries strategy has had on student learning.

So, grow your curiosity - seek understanding and be curious about the impacts of your inquiry strategy on students learning. Be playful with the evidence and extract all the information you can from your findings. Your inquiry is  - The most powerful learning tool…...For teachers!

How good is your evidence? 
Have you extracted the right information about the students learning to know the impact of the strategy in your inquiry?
Until next week - go well.


Tabitha Leonard