Things pop up.

Sometimes when I’m reading teacher questions about inquiry, I come across something along the lines of: “I don’t get it, the kids were really interested in subject X and now they’re not.  How can I get them to do an inquiry when they don’t stay interested in anything?” Sing it sister (or brother – as…

Inquiry and the Gifted Child

I have a confession to make (I think I may need a support group). My name is Emily and I was a gifted child. Joking aside, it’s something that I always feel awkward admitting – a bit shameful.  It smacks of elitism, this gifted label.  “What, you think you’re better than me?”  I don’t.  I…

A real girl builder

Our partner architect visited the class for the first time yesterday; what an exciting visit! As MF exclaimed… “a real girl builder!” She had so many great ideas to share with our students and we all (adults included) learned a lot.  As non-architects it’s a big leap for us, as educators, to help the children…

I just used my imagination…

Where do ideas come from? While A-frames were a popular building style in the 1960s and 70s, most children aren’t familiar with them. And yet SN built one. Where did she get the idea? She says: “I just used my imagination. It was a little bit easy to build cause you could grab the two…