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

“How Do We Effect Change in Our Classrooms?”: Positive Professional Development
“How Do We Effect Change in Our Classrooms?”: Positive Professional Development

All professional development commences with our own personal inquiries. We can begin our journey individually, with colleagues, or as part of a whole district working together to meet significant student needs. The stories described below represent these different levels of engagement, from the very personal to the districtwide.

Personal Growth

Years ago while teaching English at Thomas Jefferson High School in Brooklyn, New York (near Isidore Isaac Rabi’s home of many years earlier), I wanted to become better at what I did in the classroom and wanted to share what I was doing with colleagues.

One of the first outreaches for professional growth was a workshop ...

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