Archive for January 2014

Let’s Try it Out

 Practice Inquiry

Inquiry 2Question: How are you going to know what to inquire on within the following units: agriculture, forensics, personal technologies, and transportation?

Use the inquiry model framework to move through your inquiry and gain insight into your curiosities.

Plan: What interests you about each topic?

Retrieve: Find information, review it, evaluate resources.

Processing: Establish focus, choose resources, record, make connections, review and revise your plan for inquiry.

Creating: Organize info., create a product, consider audience, revise and edit.

Sharing: Present new understandings

Evaluating: Evaluate the inquiry process, product, plan. Revise personal inquiry model. Transfer learning to new situation beyond school.

Assessment: Rubric and Project Reflection

 *This is an exploration into the four units. We are gaining a little more knowledge/ understanding about each of the four so that we can take our studies further as we move through this course.


There are a lot of valuable resources that students can use to researchbrain learn their interests and curiosities. The links posted below are a great place to start your inquiry:

World Book (see Dawn for Log In)

BC’s Agriculture Home Page

Transportation Canada

Government of Canada: Science

Personal Technology Canada

Google: Fusion Imaging: Gamma Camera and CT scanner Combination.

BC Archives, Royal BC Museum

Archives Canada

Visual Records, Archives BC

Forensic Investigations Canada

RCMP Forensics

Forensic Talk: General Information and Articles

CBC Archives

CSI: The Experience


Effective inquiry is more than just asking questions. Inquiry-based learning is a complex process where students formulate questions, investigate to find answers, build new understandings, meanings and knowledge, and then communicate their learnings to others.  In classrooms where teachers emphasize inquiry-based learning, students are actively involved in solving authentic (real-life) problems within the context of the curriculum and/or community.  These powerful learning experiences engage students deeply.Aligator Inquiry
Research suggests that inquiry-based learning increases student creativity, independence, and problem solving skills, and it improves student achievement.


Above is the Inquiry model that we will be using within our course to explore our learning. We will navigate this model as a class and will develop the skills to confidently explore learning and our curiosities. 


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