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 Integrate Technology?”: From Crystal Radios to “Explain Everything”
“How Do We Integrate Technology?”: From Crystal Radios to “Explain Everything”

I watched Zoe with some amazement as she navigated through an app about numbers on her family’s iPad mini.

You see, Zoe was then only eighteen months old and she was quick, nimble, and very goal-directed in moving from homepage to her favorite app about numbers. On this day, playing with her favorite toy, she was surrounded by her mom and grandparents and two visitors.

Undeterred by the attention from onlookers, Zoe moved from page to page within her app, using what we all do these days, our fingers.

Eventually, she crawled up into her grandfather’s lap to play with the number “5” and see all ...

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