Full Inclusion: How Inquiry-Based Learning Levels the Playing Field for ALL Children in FDK

Tuesday, April 15, 2014


This is a presentation from the "ETFO ...and still we rise" conference on Thursday, March 27th, 2014 that was inspired by my learning from the Librarianship Part 2 course. I learned to collaborate with team members on their varying stages of their inquiry journeys and created this video as a resource to help them understand the layers of inquiry with an example of an inquiry from our class. It is meant to be a conversation starter, for educators to reflect upon, rather than a formula to be copied.

I strongly believe that inquiry-based learning levels the playing field for ALL children.  I am looking forward to researching this further!

4 comments:

  1. Great presentation! Ms. Babalis, you are truly inspirational! Mark is very lucky to be in your classroom. You offer your students a nuturing and enriching atmosphere on a daily basis where they can explore and grow. Mark has learned and has grown so much. At the beginning of JK he was only scribbling when drawing a picture and now he talks about detail and drawing a picture. He had drawn the other day at home on the board a picture of one of the minions with complete detail. We were overwhelmed on how identical it looked to the real toy (shape, colour , detail on the face - eyes, nose, mouth, hair). Thank you for all you do!

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  2. Thank you so much! I really appreciate you taking the time to leave me a comment on the blog. I am so pleased to have your lovely son in our class! It is such a delight to watch him grow and learn each day and every day that he comes to school. He has made us all very proud!

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  3. M.F. has achieved so much because of you. Your endless support, encouragement, care, understanding and kindness has made him comfortable to explore and therefore, he has achieved so much. You have an amazing style of teaching that keeps your students engaged and wanting to learn. You provide a welcoming, calming environment and most of all your personality and patience has made Mark shine. We are grateful and privileged to have you as M.F.'s teacher.

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    1. Wow! It is our great honour to have him in our class!

      Thank you again for your kind comments.

      Sincerely,

      Ms. Babalis

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