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Stories of collective inquiry for curriculum and professional learning

In this webinar, we learn more about the way that teachers use inquiry as a tool for both children’s curriculum and professional learning at Kids’ Domain. This webinar is a follow-up to our webinar in 2021. With examples of inquiries used to engage both older children and infants and toddlers, teachers Angela Hogan and Laraine Tuaputa explain the practical steps they use to weave the inquiry process into everyday practice as well as how they generate momentum and energy for learning through inquiry.

To help you navigate the webinar easily, there is a list of the key topics covered in the session below, including the time each was discussed. The key ideas discussed in this webinar are also shared in a short insight article.

Topics discussed in this webinar

Times shown in minutes and seconds from the start of the video

5.10Angela’s inquiry story: Encountering life in the Domain
22.20Lah’s inquiry story: How the cabbage leaf sparked conscious collective energy
48.57 Simplicity in inquiry topics
50.30 Processes and structures for staff planning meetings
52.50 Choosing a core group of children for engagement in inquiry
53.35 Getting families involved in inquiry

Questions for exploring the key ideas from this webinar

What kinds of skills and dispositions might you and your team need to cultivate in yourselves in order to engage in professional learning inquiries?

What topics and areas of interest do you feel passionate about, and how would you frame these as inquiry questions?

What supports do you need to put in place to facilitate inquiry processes?

How might you prioritise engaging in inquiry processes in daily practice and in meetings?

Further reading

Towle, B., & Heape, A. (2020). Cup: A vibrant vessel of learning and creativity. Exchange Press. [A book about an inquiry by the children and teachers of Kids’ Domain]

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