After about one week of working on the first inquiry block, we have finished it, and started the longer inquiry block 2. It should be similar to the first, I think, but just more time to be able to go in depth and learn more.
The first inquiry block that we did this year was kicked off at he beginning of the second week of school with a unique introduction to the new concept here in Mosaic. For several minutes at the beginning of the day everyone in the room wrote down as many questions that they had about anything on sticky notes. Once the time was up, and all of the sticky notes had been written, we put them up on the wall, organized into appropriate categories. Shortly after doing that we were allowed to walk around the room and read the questions that other people had, and even move them into a category that we believed to be more appropriate. From the questions that we read, we were told to choose several that piqued our interest the most, and to write more questions that these questions made us think of. Then finally, to complete that process, everyone chose one of the questions that they had gotten off the wall to investigate, and to develop broader and more open questions along the way, eventually forming an answer based off both their own opinion and empirical fact.
Now, with our question in mind, we researched and asked more questions that we thought of for a week. After we had developed a number of closed questions that we felt comfortable with, we changed our original questions slightly, from a "why" to a "what if". I went from "Why is tradition important?" to "What if the world didn't have tradition?". In the process of this, I answered many of my closed questions that I had developed, including "What is the driving force behind tradition?".
After that week of work on this project, everyone in Mosaic split into two groups and everyone presented their work and what they had discovered it, so that others in the group may challenge it and perhaps ask more questions of their own. Now that it's the next day, our second inquiry block is beginning. This time we are starting it by asking questions that we come up with looking at a series of wordles. However, we are not restricted to doing this, as we were for the first block. This time, if we already have a question that we wish to investigate, we are free to do so, or even continue work on the question that we had the first time around. I think that I am going to do this block about or somehow related to climate change. It is a topic that I find very important, and would like to learn more about.
This is a place for me to reflect on my learning in Mosaic.