For term 1 in 2011, room 25 are moving toward SOLO taxonomy. Its new for us, but its only a new way of thinking about our thinking. So the inquiry model is still the same. SOLO Taxonomy

It is similar to Blooms/ Andersons model, but its less liniear and hierarchical. Meaning that there is no progression about what qestioning you have. Its just a different way of thinking. It should make us more motivated as it gives us more control of what we are learning. The knowledge and strategies we learn will help us for the rest of our lives.

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Pre-structural: here students are simply acquiring bits of unconnected information, which have no organisation and make no sense.
Unistructural: simple and obvious connections are made, but their significance is not grasped.
Multistructural: a number of connections may be made, but the meta-connections between them are missed, as is their significance for the whole.
Relationall: the student is now able to appreciate the significance of the parts in relation to the whole.
Extended Abstract: the student is making connections not only within the given subject area, but also beyond it, able to generalise and transfer the principles and ideas underlying the specific instance.




What is Inquiry learning?

Inquiry learning is learning basing around student's questions.
Teacher and students come up with a scenario. Then each student/ group develops a 'fertile' or 'Big' question.
Teachers are used as facilitators in this process, enabling students to become independent in their learning journey... Teachers prompt students by stimulating deep discussions resulting in authentic outcomes.

Other strategies to develop higher order questions/ meaning :

de Bonos's 6 Thinking Hats -

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Howard Gardiners multiple intelligences -

Each student is an individual. So the way they learn is also different.
Multiple intelligences looks at how each person learns and puts them into the following categories.
Note.. each person may use all to a certain degree, but will rely on one two or three areas most of all.
This is known as their "M.I."



Visual/Spatial Intelligence-
ability to perceive the visual. (navigators, sculptors, visual artists, inventors, architects, interior designers, mechanics, engineers)

Verbal/Linguistic Intelligence-
ability to use words and language. (Poet, journalist, writer, teacher, lawyer, politician, translator)

Logical/Mathematical Intelligence-
ability to use reason, logic and numbers. (Scientists, engineers, computer programmers, researchers, accountants, mathematicians)

Bodily/Kinesthetic Intelligence-
ability to control body movements and handle objects skillfully. (Athletes, physical education teachers, dancers, actors, firefighters, artisans)

Musical/Rhythmic Intelligence-
ability to produce and appreciate music. (musician, disc jockey, singer, composer)

Interpersonal Intelligence-
ability to relate and understand others. (Counselor, salesperson, politician, business person)

Intrapersonal Intelligence-
ability to self-reflect and be aware of one's inner state of being. (Researchers, theorists, philosophers)