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Books Connected to Teaching Through Inquiry

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An Insightful Booklist For PYP Leaders

A booklist curated from speakers at the PYP Leaders Boot Camp, 2020. Concept-Based Curriculum Design and Developing Transformational Leadership, these books are sure to refresh your learning and bring new perspectives to your leadership journeys. Happy Reading.

**Also, see the Leadership Page

Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning: Guiding Learners' Explorations of Personal Passions, Interests and Questions

By: Kath Murdoch

“This book is Kath Murdoch's masterpiece. It is immaculately researched, carefully argued, elegantly written, beautifully produced, and above all, incredibly useful and practical.”—Guy Claxton, author of The Future of Teaching

In Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning, world-renowned inquiry expert, Kath Murdoch, draws on decades of experience to offer a thorough, practical guide to supporting young learners’ investigations into their passions, interests and questions.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13 :‎79-8985137415 / Elevate Books Edu (May 3, 2022) / 176 pages

Following her best-selling Power of Inquiry, this book invites teachers to take their thinking about inquiry to the next level and to truly honour both their own and their students’ agency.

Getting Personal with Inquiry Learning offers educators a compelling argument for providing young people with opportunities to pursue their interests at school and provides a myriad of practical strategies to make this effective and manageable. Rich with classroom examples, templates to guide planning and accompanied by advice from a range of highly respected educators from around the world, this book beautifully connects theory and practice—achieving depth and accessibility.

Bonus: Check out this video where Kath chats about her new book - it's worth a view.

The Power of Inquiry

By: Kath Murdoch

How can we create learning environments that cultivate curiosity and grow young people as confident, capable and creative inquirers? How can we ensure that our teaching nurtures rather than diminishes the sense of wonder with which we are all born? How can we become better inquirers as we teach?

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How can we help our students grow as thinkers, collaborators, self-managers, communicators and researchers as they inquire? The Power of Inquiry is an inspiring and comprehensive guide to the implementation of quality inquiry practices in the contemporary classroom. Organized around ten essential questions, each chapter provides both a theoretical and practical overview of the elements that combine to create learning environments rich in purpose and passion.

Learning That Transfers: Designing Curriculum for a Changing World (Corwin Teaching Essentials) 1st Edition

By: Julie Stern, Krista Ferraro, Kayla Duncan, Trevor Aleo

"It is a pleasure to have a full-length treatise on this most important topic and may this focus on transfer become much more debated, taught, and valued in our schools." - John Hattie

Teach students to use their learning to unlock new situations.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13 :978-1071835890 / Corwin; 1st edition (March 29, 2021) / 312 pages

Learning That Transfers empowers teachers and curriculum designers alike to harness the critical concepts of traditional disciplines while building students’ capacity to navigate, interpret, and transfer their learning to solve novel and complex modern problems. Using a backwards design approach, this hands-on guide walks teachers step-by-step through the process of identifying curricular goals, establishing assessment targets, and planning curriculum and instruction that facilitates the transfer of learning to new and challenging situations. Key features include:

    • Thinking prompts to spur reflection and inform curricular planning and design.

    • Next-day strategies that offer tips for practical, immediate action in the classroom.

    • Design steps that outline critical moments in creating curriculum for learning that transfers.

    • Links to case studies, discipline-specific examples, and podcast interviews with educators.

    • A companion website that hosts templates, planning guides, and flexible options for adapting current curriculum documents.

Taking the Complexity out of Concepts

by: Andrea Muller, Tania Lattanzio

Taking the Complexity out of Concepts is a practical resource designed by Innovative Global Education (IGE) to assist educators in making the shift from a content-based curriculum to a conceptual curriculum. The authors’ aim is to do what the title suggests, taking the complexity out of concepts in learning by providing practical strategies and ideas for teachers that can be implemented in any educational setting.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13 :‎978-1760013844 / Hawker Brownlow Education (December 4, 2015) / 92 pages

To meet the demand for better professional learning materials devoted to conceptual learning, IGE has formulated the IGE Model for Formulating Conceptual Understandings and the three-stage IGE Template for Planning Conceptual Learning. In support of these pivotal resources, Taking the Complexity out of Concepts also includes a number of case studies adapted from IGE’s professional learning work with schools to serve as exemplars of how real-life educators are actually using the resources in their classrooms. Although the IGE approach to conceptual learning can be used with any syllabus, the case studies given in this book derive from the Australian Curriculum. Teaching though concepts is the best way to ensure coherency and transferability of learning. In making our method available through this book, IGE hopes that many more teachers and other educators will be able to avoid the complexities and harness the many benefits of conceptual learning.

Innovative Global Education Website

Fear Is The Mind Killer: Why Learning to Learn deserves lesson time - and how to make it work

By: James Mannion, Kate McAllister

For the last 15 years, Dr James Mannion and Kate McAllister have been working to design, implement and evaluate the Learning Skills curriculum - a systematic approach to helping students become more confident, practice, self-regulated learners.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13 :‎978-1911382775 / John Catt Educational (November 17, 2020) / 400 pages

An eight-year evaluation with the University of Cambridge revealed that Learning Skills led to significant gains in subject learning across the curriculum, with accelerated gains among students from disadvantaged backgrounds.

This is a book about what happened when a small group of teachers seized an opportunity to provide their students with the knowledge, the skills and the confidence to take control of their own learning. On the other side of fear is the teacher you want to be, and the children you'd like to teach.

Also check out the "From Page to Practice" podcast about the book: Series 2 - Episode 16 - Fear is the Mind Killer by James Mannion and Kate McAllister or HERE

The Future of Teaching: And the Myths That Hold It Back (1st Edition)

By: Guy Claxton

It’s time for the educational slugfest to stop. ‘Traditional’ and ‘progressive’ education are both caricatures, and bashing cartoon images of each other is unprofitable and unedifying. The search for a new model of education – one that is genuinely empowering for all young people – is serious and necessary.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-0367531638 / Routledge; 1st edition (April 28, 2021) / 160pp / Paperback

Some good progress has already been made, but teachers and school leaders are being held back by specious beliefs, false oppositions and the limited thinking of orthodoxy.

Drawing on recent experience in England, North America and Australasia, but applicable round the world, The Future of Teaching clears away this logjam of bad science and slack thinking and frees up the stream of much-needed innovation. This timely book aims to banish arguments based on false claims about the brain and poor understanding of cognitive science, reclaim the nuanced middle ground of teaching that develops both rigorous knowledge and ‘character’, and lay the foundations for a 21st-century education worthy of the name.

Questioning for Formative Feedback: Meaningful Dialogue to Improve Learning

By: Jackie Acree Walsh

When used effectively, quality questions and student dialogue result in self-regulated learners and formative feedback that reveals progress toward learning goals.

"While most educators agree that giving students a voice in their own education and designing learning with the students in mind are sound and meaningful practices, many educators struggle to bring this approach to fruition.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1416631163 / ASCD (May 20, 2022) / 203pp / Paperback

Understanding the importance of quality questioning, purposeful dialogue, and formative feedback is important; being able to transfer this understanding into classrooms with students is a critical challenge for educators. Dr. Walsh provides an easy-to-understand, familiar GPS voice to help us make this transfer of principles into actual daily classroom practice." (Stoney M. Beavers, Assistant director, Alabama Best Practices Center)

Learning knows no boundaries. The potential for learning exists whenever and wherever we interact with our environment. So how can we infuse school learning with the authenticity and excitement associated with real-life experiences?

In Questioning for Formative Feedback, Jackie Acree Walsh explores the relationship between questioning and feedback in K–12 classrooms and how dialogue serves as the bridge connecting the two.

Quality questioning, productive dialogue, and authentic use of feedback are a powerful trifecta for addressing the needs of a new generation of learners. In fact, the skillful use of these three processes can fuel and accelerate the academic, social, and emotional learning of all students.

In this book, Walsh provides a manual of practice for educators who want to engage students as partners in these processes. To that end, she offers the following features to help create a classroom in which everyone learns through intentional practice:

  • Blueprints for coherent models of key processes and products.

  • Tools and strategies to help you achieve identified outcomes.

  • Protocols with step-by-step directions to complete an activity.

  • Classroom artifacts of authentic classroom use, including links to 21 original videos produced exclusively for this book!

Working together, questioning, dialogue, and feedback can transform learning for all. This book supports you in embracing and bringing that vision to fruition.

UDL Now!: A Teacher's Guide to Applying Universal Design for Learning (3rd ed. Edition)

By: Katie Novak

In the third edition of UDL, Katie Novak provides practical insights and savvy strategies for helping all learners succeed in a post-pandemic world using the principles of Universal Design for Learning (UDL).

Novak presents examples throughout the book to make the content relevant and digestible. She concludes each chapter with reflection questions to help teachers apply key concepts to their work. UDL Now! is a fun and effective playbook for great teaching.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1930583825 / Cast, Inc.; 3rd ed. edition (May 17, 2022) / 196pp / Paperback

This powerful guide for educators covers timely topics including:

  • Supporting UDL within multi-tiered systems of support (MTSS)

  • UDL in the service of equity

  • Recruiting and engaging learners as UDL partners

  • How UDL and Differentiated Instruction (DI) work together

  • The role of student choice and voice

  • What learning expertise really means

  • Preparing for standardized assessments the UDL way

**Learn more about UDL

Thrive: The Purpose of Schools in a Changing World

By: Valerie Hannon, Amelia Peterson

Every generation faces challenges, but never before have young people been so aware of theirs. Whether due to school strikes for climate change, civil war, or pandemic lockdowns, almost every child in the world has experienced the interruption of their schooling by outside forces. When the world we have taken for granted proves so unstable, it gives rise to the question: what is schooling for?

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1108819978/Cambridge University Press; 2nd edition (February 18, 2021) / 282pp / Paperback

Thrive advocates a new purpose for education, in a rapidly changing world, and analyses the reasons why change is urgently needed in our education systems. The book identifies four levels of thriving: global – our place in the planet; societal – localities, communities, economies; interpersonal – our relationships; intrapersonal – the self. Chapters provide research-based theoretical evidence for each area, followed by practical international case studies showing how individual schools are addressing these considerable challenges. Humanity's challenges are shifting fast: schools need to be a part of the response.

**Listen to the podcast (The Purpose of Schools in a Changing World) about her book and more

Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World (1st Edition)

By: David Perkins

How to teach big understandings and the ideas that matter most. Everyone has an opinion about education, and teachers face pressures from content standards, high-stakes testing, and countless other directions. But how do we know what today's learners will really need to know in the future? Future Wise: Educating Our Children for a Changing World is a toolkit for approaching that question with new insight.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1118844083 / Jossey-Bass; 1st edition (August 4, 2014) / 288pp

There is no one answer to the question of what's worth teaching, but with the tools in this book, you'll be one step closer to constructing a curriculum that prepares students for whatever situations they might face in the future.

K-12 teachers and administrators play a crucial role in building a thriving society. David Perkins, founding member and co-director of Project Zero at Harvard's Graduate School of Education, argues that curriculum is one of the most important elements of making students ready for the world of tomorrow. In Future Wise, you'll learn concepts, curriculum criteria, and techniques for prioritizing content so you can guide students toward the big understandings that matter.

    • Understand how learners use knowledge in life after graduation

    • Learn strategies for teaching critical thinking and addressing big questions

    • Identify top priorities when it comes to disciplines and content areas

    • Gain curriculum design skills that make the most of learning across the years of education

Future Wise presents a brand new framework for thinking about education. Curriculum can be one of the hardest things for teachers and administrators to change, but David Perkins shows that only by reimagining what we teach can we lead students down the road to functional knowledge. Future Wise is the practical guidebook you need to embark on this important quest.

Changing Our Minds: How children can take control of their own learning

By: Dr. Naomi Fisher

Children are born full of curiosity, eager to participate in the world. They learn as they live, with enthusiasm and joy. Then we send them to school. We stop them from playing and actively exploring their interests, telling them it's more important to sit still and listen. The result is that for many children, their motivation to learn drops dramatically. The joy of the early years is replaced with apathy and anxiety.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1472145512 / Robinson (February 8, 2022) / 304pp

This is not inevitable. We are socialised to believe that schooling is synonymous with education, but it's only one approach. Self-directed education puts the child back in control of their learning. This enables children, including those diagnosed with special educational needs, to flourish in their own time and on their own terms. It enables us to put wellbeing at the centre of education.

Changing Our Minds brings together research, theory and practice on learning. It includes interviews with influential thinkers in the field of self-directed education and examples from families alongside practical advice. This essential guide will give you an understanding of why self-directed education makes sense, how it works, and what to do to put it into action yourself.

**Recommended: Listen to a Rethinking Education podcast about the book. Dr Naomi Fisher talks about self-directed learning and how schools can do more harm than good.

Free to Learn: Why Unleashing the Instinct to Play Will Make Our Children Happier, More Self-Reliant, and Better Students for Life

by Peter Gray

A leading expert in childhood development makes the case for why self-directed learning -- "unschooling" -- is the best way to get kids to learn. In Free to Learn, developmental psychologist Peter Gray argues that in order to foster children who will thrive in today's constantly changing world, we must entrust them to steer their own learning and development.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-0465084999 / Basic Books; 1st edition (February 10, 2015) / 289pp

Drawing on evidence from anthropology, psychology, and history, he demonstrates that free play is the primary means by which children learn to control their lives, solve problems, get along with peers, and become emotionally resilient. A brave, counterintuitive proposal for freeing our children from the shackles of the curiosity-killing institution we call school, Free to Learn suggests that it's time to stop asking what's wrong with our children, and start asking what's wrong with the system. It shows how we can act—both as parents and as members of society—to improve children's lives and to promote their happiness and learning.

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Habits of Success: Getting Every Student Learning 1st Edition

By: Harry Fletcher-Wood

For students to benefit from lessons, they must attend, listen, and try their best. But at times, almost all teachers struggle to manage classroom behavior, and to motivate students to learn. Drawing on decades of research on behavioral science, this book offers teachers practical strategies to get students learning. The key is students’ habits. This book reveals simple, powerful ways to help students build habits of success.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-0367444983 / Routledge; 1st edition (October 27, 2021) / 198pp

Harry Fletcher-Wood shows how teachers can use behavioral science techniques to increase motivation and improve behavior. He offers clear guidance on topics such as using role models to motivate students, making detailed plans to help students act, and building habits to ensure students keep going. The book addresses five challenges teachers face in encouraging desirable behavior:

  • Choosing what change to prioritize

  • Convincing students to change

  • Encouraging students to commit to a plan

  • Making starting easy

  • Ensuring students keep going

Workshops, checklists and real-life examples illustrate how these ideas work in the classroom and make the book a resource to revisit and share. Distilling the evidence into clear principles, this innovative book is a valuable resource for new and experienced teachers alike.

**Listen to the podcast (Behavioural Science, Habit Change and Our Failing Public Institutions) about his book and more

Concept-Based Curriculum and Instruction for the Thinking Classroom

By: H. Lynn Erickson, Lois A. Lanning, Rachel French

Develop students’ critical thinking, abstract reasoning, and creative learning skills with concept-based teaching!

Take learning beyond the facts with a teaching approach that develops conceptual thinking and problem-solving skills.

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A Concept-Based curriculum recaptures students’ innate curiosity about the world and provides the thrilling feeling of using one’s mind well. Concept-Based teachers will learn how to:

  • Meet the demands of rigorous academic standards

  • Use the Structure of Knowledge and Process when designing disciplinary units

  • Engage students in inquiry through inductive teaching

  • Identify conceptual lenses and craft quality generalizations

Stolen Focus: Why You Can't Pay Attention and How to Think Deeply Again

By: Johann HariRecommended by Kath Murdoch

“Democracy requires the ability of a population to pay attention long enough to identify real problems, distinguish them from fantasies, come up with solutions, and hold their leaders accountable if they fail to deliver them.” Johann Hari has published another knock-out book that is an important read for educators and parents. In the United States, teenagers can focus on one task for only sixty-five seconds at a time, and office workers average only three minutes.

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Amazon.com: Crown (January 25, 2022) / 348pp

Like so many of us, Johann Hari was finding that constantly switching from device to device and tab to tab was a diminishing and depressing way to live. He tried all sorts of self-help solutions—even abandoning his phone for three months—but nothing seemed to work. So Hari went on an epic journey across the world to interview the leading experts on human attention—and he discovered that everything we think we know about this crisis is wrong.

We think our inability to focus is a personal failure to exert enough willpower over our devices. The truth is even more disturbing: our focus has been stolen by powerful external forces that have left us uniquely vulnerable to corporations determined to raid our attention for profit. Hari found that there are twelve deep causes of this crisis, from the decline of mind-wandering to rising pollution, all of which have robbed some of our attention. In Stolen Focus, he introduces readers to Silicon Valley dissidents who learned to hack human attention, and veterinarians who diagnose dogs with ADHD. He explores a favela in Rio de Janeiro where everyone lost their attention in a particularly surreal way, and an office in New Zealand that discovered a remarkable technique to restore workers’ productivity.

Crucially, Hari learned how we can reclaim our focus—as individuals, and as a society—if we are determined to fight for it. Stolen Focus will transform the debate about attention and finally show us how to get it back.

Think Again: The Power of Knowing What You Don't Know

By: Adam Grant

"This is the right book for right now. Yes, learning requires focus. But, unlearning and relearning requires much more—it requires choosing courage over comfort. In Think Again, Adam Grant weaves together research and storytelling to help us build the intellectual and emotional muscle we need to stay curious enough about the world to actually change it. I’ve never felt so hopeful about what I don’t know.” —Brené Brown, Ph.D., #1 New York Times bestselling author of Dare to Lead

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1984878106 / Viking (February 2, 2021) / 320pp

The bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals examines the critical art of rethinking: learning to question your opinions and open other people's minds, which can position you for excellence at work and wisdom in life

Intelligence is usually seen as the ability to think and learn, but in a rapidly changing world, there's another set of cognitive skills that might matter more: the ability to rethink and unlearn. In our daily lives, too many of us favor the comfort of conviction over the discomfort of doubt. We listen to opinions that make us feel good, instead of ideas that make us think hard. We see disagreement as a threat to our egos, rather than an opportunity to learn. We surround ourselves with people who agree with our conclusions, when we should be gravitating toward those who challenge our thought process. The result is that our beliefs get brittle long before our bones. We think too much like preachers defending our sacred beliefs, prosecutors proving the other side wrong, and politicians campaigning for approval--and too little like scientists searching for truth. Intelligence is no cure, and it can even be a curse: being good at thinking can make us worse at rethinking. The brighter we are, the blinder to our own limitations we can become.

Organizational psychologist Adam Grant is an expert on opening other people's minds--and our own. As Wharton's top-rated professor and the bestselling author of Originals and Give and Take, he makes it one of his guiding principles to argue like he's right but listen like he's wrong. With bold ideas and rigorous evidence, he investigates how we can embrace the joy of being wrong, bring nuance to charged conversations, and build schools, workplaces, and communities of lifelong learners. You'll learn how an international debate champion wins arguments, a Black musician persuades white supremacists to abandon hate, a vaccine whisperer convinces concerned parents to immunize their children, and Adam has coaxed Yankees fans to root for the Red Sox. Think Again reveals that we don't have to believe everything we think or internalize everything we feel. It's an invitation to let go of views that are no longer serving us well and prize mental flexibility over foolish consistency. If knowledge is power, knowing what we don't know is wisdom.

** This would be an informative book to read alongside listening to the podcasts/videos in the Reimagining Education section.

A Blueprint for Vision-Driven Schools (A Framework of Education Reform for Empowering Modern Learners) - Second Edition

By: Jay McTighe, Greg Curtis
See Podcast about the book

Redesign education to meet the needs of 21st century students. In the second edition of Leading Modern Learning, authors Jay McTighe and Greg Curtis outline a reworked version of their blueprint for major education reform. More than a simple refresh, the latest edition incorporates new insights, experiences, and tools that will help you implement modern learning practices in your department, school, or district.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1947604445 / Solution Tree Press; Second edition (July 15, 2019) / 248 pages

Use this book to guide education and curriculum reform and empower modern learners:

    • Understand the necessity and value of education reform and updating school curriculum for the 21st century classroom.

    • Learn how to use a blueprint for your vision of learning, mission, and curriculum development to establish mission clarity and effective instruction and assessment practices.

    • Explore systems thinking and frameworks for backward-design that can be utilized by school leadership to develop action plans and guide school curriculum reform for modern learning.

    • Read an all-new chapter on change management and strategic planning for district and school leadership as well as new Notes From the Field, which highlight how to avoid potential missteps and misunderstandings that inhibit progress.

    • Utilize the appendices and free reproducibles to further your understanding of education reform, curriculum development, and school leadership for modern learning.

Teaching for Deeper Learning

By: Jay McTighe , Harvey F. Silver
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

Far too often, our students attain only a superficial level of knowledge that fails to prepare them for deeper challenges in school and beyond. In Teaching for Deeper Learning, renowned educators and best-selling authors Jay McTighe and Harvey F. Silver propose a solution: teaching students to make meaning for themselves.

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Contending that the ability to "earn" understanding will equip students to thrive in school, at work, and in life, the authors highlight seven higher-order thinking skills that facilitate students' acquisition of information for greater retention, retrieval, and transfer. These skills, which cut across content areas and grade levels and are deeply embedded in current academic standards, separate high achievers from their low-performing peers.

Drawing on their deep well of research and experience, the authors

  • Explore what kind of content is worth having students make meaning about.

  • Provide practical tools and strategies to help teachers target each of the seven thinking skills in the classroom.

  • Explain how teachers can incorporate the thinking skills and tools into lesson and unit design.

  • Show how teachers can build students' capacity to use the strategies independently.

If our goal is to prepare students to meet the rigorous demands of school, college, and career, then we must foster their ability to respond to such challenges. This comprehensive, practical guide will enable teachers to engage students in the kind of learning that yields enduring understanding and valuable skills that they can use throughout their lives.

Philosophical Inquiry

by Philip Cam

Philosophical Inquiry shows how to use the tools of philosophy for educational purposes. It is a practical guide to the philosophical arts of questioning, conceptual exploration and reasoning, with wide application across the school curriculum. It provides educators with an effective means of teaching students to think critically and creatively, ...

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... to use their knowledge to solve problems, to deal with issues, to explore possibilities and work with ideas. Philosophical Inquiry emphasizes the use of collaborative learning, through class discussion, working with a partner, and small group work. This approach teaches students to think in socially responsible ways. It means that students become not only thinking individuals but also good team-players, with benefits that extend beyond the classroom and the school to community life and the world of work.

Beautiful Questions in the Classroom

by Warren Berger
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

The book rallies educators around a mission of transforming classrooms into cultures of curiosity and inquiry. But it is also meant to be highly practical, filled with real-world examples and case studies that illustrate simple, proven ways to bring more questioning into classrooms. ---

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Talk with Your Kids about Things That Matter: A Must Have Guide to Consent, Bullying, Fake News and More

Michael Parker
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

"Michael Parker’s book 'Talk with your Kids about the Things that Matter' is a fabulous addition to your school library. The book contains over 100 conversation starters (including some great questions to ask kids) tackling some of the most important and challenging issues connected to big ideas such as inequity, identity, empathy, relationships and sustainability. In addition, Parker uses these questions and conversation prompts to introduce young people to some of the most famous thinkers in history including Plato, Aristotle and Kant. Whether you recommend this book to families or use it to inform your own teaching, it’s a terrific resource." [Kath Murdoch]

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-1920727741 / Ventura Press (29 September 2021) / 272pp

Inside this book you’ll find over 100 conversation starters for creating meaningful, thought-provoking discussions. From Plato to veganism, cancel culture to consent, and politics to basic kindness, these topics are set to engage, inspire, and even divide.

Designed to have no real answer, but rather, stir even more questions, this provocative and deeply engaging book will kick your philosophical gears into action. Ethics encourages readers to dig deeper, put yourself in others’ shoes, and be the best human you can be.

Creating a Learner-Centred Primary Classroom

By: Kath Murdoch

Creating a Learner-centred Primary Classroom is an essential resource to improve teaching practice, examining the key elements that contribute to a learner-centred classroom and offering strategies to encourage children to take a shared role in their learning.

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Including case studies describing teachers' methods for linking theory to practice, this user-friendly, photocopiable resource demonstrates how to:

  • construct a learning community

  • encourage collaborative learning

  • share strategies for engaging individual learners

  • provide a scaffold for strategic thinking in the classroom

  • link assessment procedures to learning

  • showcase the practice and outcomes of purposeful curriculum planning.

Any teacher who wants to practically tailor their teaching practice to meet the needs of individual learners will find this an invaluable resource.

Choice Without Chaos

By: Anne Bedrick
Recommended by Kath Murdoch

Choice Without Chaos is a book about all about learner agency in the art room.

What is your goal as an art teacher? Do you want to help build students who know how to be self-directed, find joy in their work, and are able to recognize emerging possibilities in all kinds of situations?

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Teaching with choice is in the best interest of students. It not only respects them as learners, but it also helps them to develop traits we value in adults; creativity, perseverance, flexibility, self-expression, and diligence.

The Ministry for the Future

By: Kim Stanley Robinson

The Ministry for the Future is a masterpiece of the imagination, using fictional eyewitness accounts to tell the story of how climate change will affect us all. Its setting is not a desolate, postapocalyptic world, but a future that is almost upon us. Chosen by Barack Obama as one of his favorite books of the year, this extraordinary novel from visionary science fiction writer Kim Stanley Robinson will change the way you think about the climate crisis.

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Amazon.com: ISBN-13: 978-0316300148 / Orbit (October 19, 2021) / 576 pages

Set in the near future, the novel follows a subsidiary body, established under the Paris Agreement, whose mission is to advocate for the world's future generations of citizens as if their rights are as valid as the present generation's. While they pursue various ambitious projects, the effects of climate change are determined to be the most consequential. The plot primarily follows Mary Murphy, the head of the titular Ministry for the Future, and Frank May, an American aid worker traumatized by experiencing a deadly heat wave in India. Many chapters are devoted to other (mostly anonymous) characters' accounts of future events, as well as their ideas about ecology, economics, and other subjects.