Rochelle Lee Teacher Award Study Groups are school-based professional learning communities. Study groups develop a goal to guide their learning throughout the school year, and meet monthly to discuss instruction and push their practice to reach their goal. Learn more about Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy’s study group and what they learned about student-directed inquiry.
School: Talcott Fine Arts and Museum Academy
Text: The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels
Study Group Leaders: Damaris Cami, Christina Korbakis
Study Group Members: Susan Bohman, Guadalupe Hernandez-Lopez, Marlene Tapia-Garcia, Stella Cambel
Goal: Engage together in reading, implementing, and reflecting on best practice student-directed inquiry
This year’s study group has given us a chance to reconnect as a team within our school and share ideas and teaching practices. From “The Curious Classroom” we’ve learned the importance of student-directed inquiry teaching to spark curiosity, creativity, engagement, and collaboration in our classrooms.
More than anything, we’ve learned to feel comfortable with each other and to share ideas that have worked and may not have worked for each of us. Our students have benefitted from classroom wonder walls, mini-inquiry projects, and opportunities to get excited about reading, learning, and sharing.