Willowbank School Inquiry Model & Key Competencies Explored Further

  • Promoting a 'can-do' attitude
  • Students identifying themselves as capable learners
  • Setting high personal standards
  • Identifying when to be a leader, a member of a team or act independently
  • Drawing on personal knowledge & intuition
  • Asking questions
  • Developing understanding and curiosity
  • Using creative and critical skills in order to become problem solvers
  • Making meaning of information in a variety of contexts (eg oral, visual, written, mathematical) in order to understand knowledge
  • Becoming a confident ICT user
  • Communicating information, experiences and ideas
  • Understand that others respond to language, symbols & texts differently
  • Interacting effectively with a diverse range of people
  • Listen actively to others points of views
  • Sharing ideas
  • Becoming aware of how our actions affect others
  • Understanding when to compete or when to co-operate
  • Becoming actively involved in our community
  • Contribute appropriately within a group dynamic
  • Create opportunities for other group members
  • Understanding the impact of contributing towards something
  • Gaining confidence to participate within new contexts

  • Identifying current relevant issues
  • Focusing on real life context - how can we make a change
  • Encouraging intrinsic motivation and engagement
  • Linking Learning Intentions and Success Criteria
  • ´╗┐Learning how to ask open ended questions
  • Respond to other points of view
  • Using our prior knowledge to learn more
  • Participating and Contributing
  • Self Talk
  • Using a selection of organizers to help to order our thoughts
  • Lots of discussions held within groups
  • Comparing and contrasting ideas
  • Identifying pros and cons
  • Stretching ideas as far as we can and then refining them
  • Trying various solutions
  • Problem solving
  • Evaluating our ideas
  • Participating and Contributing
  • Making the product
  • Taking action outside the school - effecting social change
  • Presenting our findings
  • Understanding the big idea
  • Self/Peer assessment
  • Talking, thinking, justifying, explaining and discussing
  • Teaching/modeling reflective skills