Turn natural curiosity into deep, lasting learnings! Inquiry is what drives us all toward new knowledge, but how do we transform children’s natural ability to notice and wonder into the full learning cycle of observing, thinking, and critically questioning? Through this new edition of the bestselling Why Are School Buses Always Yellow? you’ll find simple, yet systematic ways to develop authentic student inquiry that fosters deep learning. This new edition features:  • Updates based on the latest research around inquiry-based teaching  • Emphasis on turning inquiry into critical thinking, assessing students’ inquiry, and involving families in the inquiry process  • Examples for K–8 across subject areas  • New emphasis on critical thinking about technologies  • New and updated activities, checklists, templates, and implementation tools  • Alignment with Common Core and Next Generation Science Standards With this invaluable resource, help students transform their playful wonderings into deeper questions about content–and develop the higher-level thinking skills they need for success in school and in life. “Educators often talk about developing lifelong learners - our team has had great success using Why Are School Buses Always Yellow? to catalyze professional conversations about how we can better cultivate curiosity through an inquiry approach. I strongly recommend this [new edition] for those who are interested in unlocking the uniquely creative capacity of our youngest learners.” Devin Vodicka, Superintendent Vista Unified School District, Vista, CA

“We Don’t Learn That Way”: Inquiry and Students With Special Needs
“We Don’t Learn That Way”: Inquiry and Students With Special Needs

One of the most intriguing lessons I’ve ever learned from students is that not all of us think in the same way. Two boys told me this after I’d seen their homemade video describing the terrible nature and effects of tornadoes.

In May, Herb, their teacher at Dumont High School, New Jersey, had challenged his students to select a chapter from the textbook to read, learn more about, and share what they thought was intriguing and important. These boys created the video because, as they told me afterward, “We don’t learn that way.” Which way? “Everybody sitting in their seats, listening, and writing. We ...

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