Today we had a meeting with Tamara and Pete about the Teaching as Inquiry Process. We completed a jigsaw puzzle exercise around the spiral of inquiry. The different pieces covered where:

  • Scanning
  • Focusing
  • Developing
  • New Professional Learning
  • Taking Action
  • Checking

Reporting back is well summarised in the following document.

Key understandings:

  • Keep your inquiry small and focussed on a few priority learner
  • Do not try to solve/address ALL issues or concerns, again focus in on one area
  • Maintain a holistic approach in all areas, be careful to take in all considerations/influences when analysing data or completing testing etc.
  • It is important to take on a collaborative approach to teaching as inquiry

Next steps:

– Begin to narrow down my own teaching as inquiry beginning by identifying my small group of priority learners.


(2014) H. Timperly, L. Kaser & J. Halbert. A framework for transforming learning in schools: Innovation and the spiral of inquiry. Centre for Strategic Education Seminar Series Paper No. 234, April 2014

Personal goals this relates to:
Inquiry: How does the use of SOLO in Science Tech help improve the delivery of curriculum and student outcomes?
Criteria this relates to:
1 – Establish and maintain effective professional relationships focused on the learning and well-being of akonga.,
4 – Demonstrate commitment to on-going professional learning and development of personal professional practice.,
6 – Conceptualise, plan and implement an appropriate learning programme.,
Cultural Competencies
1 – Wānanga – Participating with learners and communities in robust dialogue for the benefit of Māori learners’ achievement,
5 – Ako – Taking responsibility for their own learning and that of Māori learners.
Code of Ethics 
2 – Justice – to share power and prevent the abuse of power,
3 – Responsible care – to do good and minimise harm to others,
Key Competencies 
1 – Managing Self,
3 – Thinking


Scott Thelning said:

Great to see you got the key understandings and have given yourself an achievable task. I look forward to hearing how that goes and how you identified them.

– 16/03/2016


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