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The following books are recommended for the implementation of the PYP (inquiry, concept-based learning, learning strategies, etc.). They are all highly rated by teachers.

Focus on Inquiry: A practical approach to curriculum planning

posted Jul 27, 2010, 4:15 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 27, 2010, 4:35 PM ]

Jeni Wilson and Lesley Wing Jan

Click here to order: Curriculum Press
Curriculum Corporation., 
9781742004808   SCIS No: 1405684 
 / 2009 / 144pg / Paperback
Grade Level: K-8

This is an EXCELLENT book for those wishing to learn how to teach concept-based inquiry learning. 

Learn how to plan and assess inquiry-based units with this clear guide to the practice of inquiry, the forms it can take in the classroom, and the pivotal role of the teacher in effective inquiry learning.

Inquiry inspires students to take an active role in:
• asking questions, building on prior knowledge and making their own discoveries
• finding information from a variety of sources
• making connections between ideas, learning domains and experiences
• reflecting on, and taking action related to, their understandings.

This new edition of Focus on Inquiry builds on current research into learning and pedagogy, the authors’ continued experiences and the renewed interest in inquiry as a way to facilitate student learning.

Busy teachers can adapt ideas from short classroom snapshots or the in-depth sample units illustrating the what and the how of each different type of inquiry. New material on assessment, planning and questioning is supplemented with practical lists, photocopiable resources and activities sure to spark off ideas about your own journey into inquiry-based learning.

Focus on Inquiry empowers you to investigate inquiry-based learning within the context of your school, leading to rich and powerful learning for all students. 

Tags: concept-based-t, inquiry-t, pyp-t, curriculum-t, learning-t

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction: Teaching beyond the facts

posted Jul 24, 2010, 12:03 AM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 27, 2010, 4:30 PM ]

by: H. Lynn Erickson

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Corwin Press Inc., ISBN: 
 / 2002 / 174pg / Paperback
Grade Level: All

This indispensable guide combines proven curriculum design with teaching methods that encourage students to learn concepts as well as content and skills for deep understanding across all subject areas. Synthesizing Lynn Erickson’s past 15 years of field work with teachers, curriculum developers, teacher educators, and instructional leaders, this resource offers a complete guide to designing curriculum and instruction that foster the continuous growth and development of a student’s critical, abstract, and creative learning skills. Educators will learn how to:

 - Bring coherence and clarity to high-quality curriculum design and instructional planning
 - Teach the way that students’ minds learn best
 - Encourage students’ creative and abstract thinking, regardless of level or subject area
 - Gain the support of principals and district administrators

  View a short overview of Lynn Erickson's concepts form her book - 1070k View Download

Tags: concept-based-t, inquiry-t, pyp-t, curriculum-t, learning-t

Planning Curriculum Connections: Whole-school planning for integrated curriculum

posted Jul 21, 2010, 3:55 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 27, 2010, 4:32 PM ]

by: Kath Murdoch & David Hornsby

Austral Ed - Book Supplies from Australia or Mana Education Center
Eleanor Curtain Publishing, ISBN: 
 / 1997 / 145pg / Paperback
Grade Level: All

Planning Curriculum Connections: Whole-School Planning for Integrated Curriculum is a resource to assist teachers with planning and putting in place, integrated curriculum within individual classrooms and across the whole school. This resource books assists educators to create effective planning modules that support their work. The intent is to shift the focus from short term planning to a longer term model. As an alternative to teaching individual subjects in isolation, an integrated curriculum allows for a deeper learning environment. There are suggestions on choosing topics, managing time, planning effective units of work, timetabling, record-keeping, the role of specialist teachers, developing skills and strategies and assessment and evaluation.

Topics include:
  • Making it Matter: choosing content for integrated curriculum
  • Planning your day: curriculum organisation and time use
  • Planning the links: English, mathematics, technology and the arts
  • Planning for assessment and evaluation in an integrated curriculum
  • many more!

Tags: inquiry-t, inquiry cycle-t, pyp-t, strategies-t, school improvement-t

Classroom Connections: Strategies for integrated learning

posted Jul 21, 2010, 3:40 PM by Paul Ketko   [ updated Jul 27, 2010, 4:33 PM ]

by: Kath Murdoch

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 Austral Ed - Book Supplies from Australia or Mana Education Center
Eleanor Curtain Publishing, ISBN: 
 / 1997 / 136pg / Paperback
Grade Level: All
This is an immensely helpful book. It puts the case for an integrated curriculum and also for using inquiry as a framework of learning. However the emphasis is on a wide range of very practical strategies to support teacher's plans and teaching of integrated units of work. Strategies suggested are structured to support the various stages of implementation of a unit of work. These stages come under the headings of Tuning In, Finding Out, Sorting Out, Going Further, Making Conclusions, Taking Action and Sharing. The final chapter, Putting It Altogether contains two sample integrated units of work; Night and Day for grades 1 & 2 and Water, Water Everywhere for grades 4 – 6. These sample units show how strategies from each stage can work together to enhance planning. The book also shows how the strategies suggested can be adapted for different age levels and topics and how these ideas will help in the development of flexible learners. The book is written in very readable, accessible language.

Tags: inquiry-t, inquiry cycle-t, pyp-t, strategies-t

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