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After reading each of the quotes, it took me a while to decide which quote it was that I wanted to respond to…  finally, I rested on quote #5…

The question is “In what ways might inquiry disrupt the traditional idea of teacher as expert and learner as novice?”

When I consider the changes in education over the past 20 years (12yrs teaching, 4yrs teacher training, 4yrs my own HS career),  it is clear that the entire educational system has experienced a dramatic shift.  Now this shift was dramatic for me, because I was personally involved, but I am certain that during the decade before people in my position can say the same thing, and I am certain that a decade from now the same will be said again.  It seems that change is a constant – which is not always good and not always bad.  Right now I am confused by what the “traditional idea” of a teacher is.  I will comment that inquiry challenges a traditional thought where noise is bad, students should stay in their seats, and notes should be quietly taken.  I also believe that inquiry based activities provide students with the opportunity to explore that it is ok to not be perfect, a chance to explore their resources and to find creative answers to problems.

The relationship between me and this quote is that I question “traditional” thought when it comes to technology and availability of information.  I think that there are many activities that I could offer students if they were allowed to use their phones, mp3 players, etc. in my class.  In this time of the availability of  information, I feel like my phone, or other mobile technology could help me provide students with new and changing information, as well as, the tools for students to discover this information on their own.

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