Our Units of Inquiry are so authentic and meaningful here at ISM that I can read the newspaper and almost daily be able to clip out something to bring in┬áthat “fits” what we are doing in class… it is a hope of mine that by modelling this love of soaking up information from newspapers and sharing the interest with the students that they, too, may “catch the bug”!! Parents can certainly help cultivate this love of knowledge by encouraging your children to look over your shoulder as you read the newspaper!!

Headlines are powerful tools in the classroom as they definitely “cut to the heart of the matter”… in only a few words, the readers have to know what they will find if they read on. One of the Visible Thinking routines I have acquired from my online course through Harvard University is called exactly that: Headlines. The children are given a thought-provoking image that connects to the unit of inquiry. They then have to discuss this image in groups and come up with a newspaper headline that sums up their understanding. This is then shared with the class, discussed and displayed in the room to revisit at a later date. A powerful insight into their unfolding understanding…