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Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?

Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?
Teaching for Inquiry, PreK-5

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December 2007 | 216 pages | Corwin
This resource shows teachers how to introduce inquiry incrementally, systematically, and successfully within preschool and primary classrooms, deepening and extending children's natural curiosity.

Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?: Teaching for Inquiry, PreK-3 demonstrates how to assist children creatively and strategically in their quests for answers and how to develop the inquiry process in young minds. Practitioners will discover how to use inquiry as a technique for teaching mandated content in a way that makes learning relevant, rigorous, and durable for students. Using examples from real classrooms, the book shows teachers how to connect inquiry to required content while still moving students toward more control of their own learning. Teachers can help even the youngest students to reform their initial playful, tangential, or shallow questions to deeper questions about content. As teachers develop inquiry-based units that incorporate students' queries and challenge them to become good questioners early in their educational experience, learners will develop thinking skills that will serve them throughout school.

About the Author
1. Inquiry Overview
2. "This Is Better Than Recess!": Why Inquiry Is Important
3. "How Do We Start the Inquiry Process?"
4. "How Do We Plan for Students' Questions?"
5. Developing Units of Instruction: "When Is It Chaos?"
6. "Why Are Mountains Necessary?": The Nature of Good Questions
7. "How Do We Know They Understand?"
8. Art, Music, and Physical Education
9. "How Do We Involve Parents in Our Inquiries?"
10. Inquiry and Students With Special Needs
11. Professional Development Beyond Our Classrooms

"The book covers an important topic, one needed to develop thinkers and children's curiosity for the jobs of the twenty-first century. There are excellent vignettes, stories, and examples from author's viewpoint."

Arlene Sandberg, ESL Resource Teacher
Anchorage School District, AK

"This book does a nice job of going through the inquiry process and showing how to make it purposeful for kids."

Robert Losee, Teacher
Columbus Public Schools, OH

"A valuable tool for teachers who are willing to step outside the conventional ways of teaching. The vignettes help the reader make real-life connections to the author’s purpose and ideas."

Denise Metiva Hernandez, Teacher
Pontchartrain Elementary School, Mandeville, LA

"Great for reflective thinking by both students and practitioners.There are plenty of examples, stories, and the like."

Rebecca S. Compton, Professor of Elementary Education
East Central University

"Educators need to reclaim teaching for a purpose. This book can definitely be used as professional development in a school looking for change. It will help teachers who are searching for ways to make education meaningful for students and will also help them meet district and state mandates."

Gail Underwood, Teacher
Grant Elementary School, Columbia, MO

"The book’s major strengths are the author's conversational style, the reflective questions that involve the reader, and the opportunities at the end of each chapter that encourage next steps."

Greg Keith, Middle School Academic Coordinator
Memphis City Schools, TN

"Surveys methods for challenging young learners, inviting them to develop inquiry and critical thinking skills. Chapters outline the inquiry process and discuss its importance in classroom management, surveying successes through real classroom examples perfect for teacher applications."

The Bookwatch, June 2008
Midwest Book Review

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John F. Barell

Learn more about John Barell's PD offeringsJohn Barell is Professor Emeritus of Curriculum and Teaching at Montclair State University, Montclair, NJ, and former public school teacher in New York City. For the past several years he has been a consultant for inquiry-based instruction and creation of science/social studies networks at the American Museum of Natural History in New York City. For most of his educational career he has worked with schools nationally to foster inquiry, problem-based learning, critical thinking, and reflection. Barell is the author of several books, including Teaching for Thoughtfulness: Strategies to Enhance... More About Author

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