Today we finalized the set up for our CIG spotlight through a lot of collaboration. We discussed logistics and Angie did some sketches of our set up and individual tables. We decided to make our area full of interaction using techniques from our own classrooms inquiry projects. Our mascot has become the Cat in the Hat Balancing with an umbrella, which  Dave is creating. The cat in the hat  reflects our inquiry question in which we are finding the balance between student based inquiry and direct instruction. I am bringing in clips for hanging out props from the ceiling, and Amanda has recorded our voices and taken our pictures so that  she can make an animation intro video. As a group we are bringing in artifacts as well as materials for our interactive collaborative projects. We feel prepared and are planning a short Skype meeting to make sure all our ducks are in a row. All and all a very productive day!