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
Chapter 3: “How Do We Begin?”: Modeling Our Inquisitiveness
We all know men and women we admire and look up to. For years, my model of daring and adventurousness has been Rear Admiral Richard E. Byrd, the first to fly over the South Pole and open exploration of Antarctica by air back in 1928. I’ve also looked up to my grandfather, Llewellyn Ray Ferguson, because he was the man who always asked me, “Johnny, did you ever wonder?” about various strange phenomena. My mother, Elizabeth Lockwood Ferguson Barell, has always been a model for me of a person with a deep love of the English language and its proper usage. She had a keen mind and was fond of asking, ...