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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 14

There are three dimensions of learning - cognitive, social and emotional. Because learning is largely an emotional exercise, it is often messy, and there is a lot more involved than just the data. Empathy Mapping helps to plug us into the emotional side of our students learning and creates a space where we may notice things that we would not have seen by observing data alone.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 13

As reflective practitioners, Inquiry is a constant process. With the Deepen Teacher Inquiry scaffold, however, we can gain access to tools which enable us to look deeper into the learning of our students. It is about picking one aspect about our students learning that is "keeping us up at night". We can dive down into this and be creative in our design of a solution while being energised by the evidencing of the impacts of our learning design.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 11

This learning centred Inquiry, when viewed in comparison to what we see in many schools, is a deep and rich way to approach teaching as Inquiry. When this is driven down through the learning process for our students, then up into the actions that we can take in response to what we find, true growth in our practice occurs. When this is driven simply by data or strategic focus - for instance raising boys’ achievement, or target student achievement - the process is limited by those constraints and will often get stuck.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 10

An Inquiry is your formula for success. Involving deep reflections and responsiveness to student learning needs, gathering and analysis of data with an Inquiry lens will energise you to change your practice. Rather than relying on gut feelings or wondering what impact you may have had, you will KNOW, through measured outcomes, that you have enhanced your students learning.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 9

The role of the teacher is to be a leader in learning. There are three elements of leadership - Deepen Teacher Inquiry is about the leadership of learning. Modelling. Dialogue and monitoring. Deepen Teacher Inquiry enables all of these elements of the leadership of learning in the classroom.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 8 EXTRA

EVIDENCING

Apples and Oranges


When we are thinking about what measures we are going to make our baseline measures and our impact measures need to be relatable. When they are not relatable, its a little like comparing apples and oranges. In such cases, we are unable to measure change.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 8

What Makes An Inquiry?

I find - often - teachers in overwhelm about their Inquiry as it has been framed up as a sizable project that runs across many, many months and they don’t know where to start.
Here is the continuation of the three aspects we started to unpack in Hack No 7.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 7

What Makes An Inquiry?

The cogs that make a new inquiry

As a general rule; whenever you change one of the three things - strategising, evidencing or sample - it can be technically thought of as a new inquiry.
I find - often - teachers in overwhelm about their inquiry as it has been framed up as a sizable project that runs across many, many months and they don’t know where to start.
So here is one way to unpack teacher inquiry.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 6

What Makes An Inquiry?

Long-running inquiries - What are they?

However, there are some teachers out there who have a strategy that they want to run across a long period of time. When you are running a long term inquiry, there are a couple of things that need to happen to keep the energetics of the inquiry in a positive balance and tracking in an impactful way.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 5b

What Makes An Inquiry?


How do I know its a new inquiry?


As I work with teachers and even discuss with leaders the best way to accelerate the impacts of inquiry in their school I find there is a vast variety of what we believe an inquiry is. Is it one long process that lasts a year, or is it a series of short, sharp intentional changes that we measure the impact of - using your measures to leverage off onto the next strategy and measure.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 5

What Makes An Inquiry?


How do I know its a new inquiry?


As I work with teachers and even discuss with leaders the best way to accelerate the impacts of inquiry in their school I find there is a vast variety of what we believe an inquiry is. Is it one long process that lasts a year, or is it a series of short, sharp intentional changes that we measure the impact of - using your measures to leverage off onto the next strategy and measure.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 4

"Evidencing is all about seeking understanding about the learning of students as a result of a teaching strategy. Evidencing is empowered when approached in an innovative way to get to the bottom of the learning for the students. With the knowledge of the impact, you can make informed shifts to your approaches and strategies."
- Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hacking Inquiry for Teachers (2019)

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 3

Working smarter
not harder

 

What can Teacher Inquiry can do...

  • Enables change-ready tribes.

  • Empowers the appraisal process so it becomes a learning centered process rather than a performance management process

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 2

Deepen teacher inquiry to accelerate teacher learning - Part 2

When we ask teachers and leaders what stops them from trying something new or doing something different, they inevitably identify a concern around failure or judgment. We are often fearful of deviating from the norms when it comes to classroom practice. Leaders are often accused of leading in the same way.

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#Deepen Teacher Inquiry - Hack No 1

Deepen teacher inquiry to accelerate teacher learning

What can Teacher Inquiry be?

  • Inquiry provides the platform in which to innovate learning opportunities that deepen learning.

  • The power of knowing the impact on learning energises innovation and creativity that, in turn, energises student learning.

  • Inquiry is the vehicle that enables and empowers a change in the way teachers work.

  • Inquiry is driven by the learning of students that refocuses teachers on what’s important when they are overwhelmed with all the other tasks that need attention.

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Deepen Teacher Inquiry - #Hackinginquiryforteachers

This week I sent my book - Deepen Teacher Inquiry off to the printer, and I have to say the process of putting to paper all that we have done in the last two years has been an inquiry in itself. So having said that...

I would like to dedicate this book to all of the educators I have worked with over the last two years...

To my tribe - we have challenged well-established beliefs and norms, stretched and grown through the actions we have taken in our inquiries.

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