- Hardcover: 216 pages
- Publisher: Corwin; 1 edition (15 January 2008)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 141295732X
- ISBN-13: 978-1412957328
- Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 1.4 x 28 cm
- Average Customer Review: 1 customer review
Why Are School Buses Always Yellow?: Teaching for Inquiry, PreK-5 Hardcover – 15 Jan 2008
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"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 2007-06-19)
"This book does a nice job of going through the inquiry process and showing how to make it purposeful for kids." (Robert Losee, Teacher 2007-06-19)
"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 2007-06-19)
"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 2007-06-19)
"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 2007-06-19)
"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 2007-06-19)
"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 2008-07-15)
About the Author
Learn more about John Barell's PD offerings
John 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 Intellectual Development (1995, 2nd ed.) and Developing More Curious Minds (2003).
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The book uses real life situations and turns them into an inquiry based discourse. This book served me well into the journey of curriculum design and teachers’ training program. Plus, I always had people stop and think, when posed with the question: Why are school buses yellow?
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Barell gently reiterates that questions signal higher-order thought processing which is the goal of effective classroom interaction and innovation. He reminds us that student questions are the attainment of the highest thinking skills.
Too many books declare WHAT an important concept inquiry teaching is. But, what teachers continue to ask for is actual implementation: HOW TO DO inquiry-oriented teaching. It's about time that a book came along that speaks to "HOW" to reach and develop inquisitive questioning.
Barell's visits to classrooms and discussions with both teachers and students form a dynamic role-play model. You will no doubt relate to the student responses and learn from modeling Barell's effective inquiry teaching practices. I also appreciate the structure of the chapters, Barell allows space for reflection, an often overlooked phase of learning.
Granny Newlen always admonished us kids to "Learn, discuss, then get up and move." She used such a phrase to get us up off the couch for a learning-walk where we would tell her what we had learned at school that day.
Start your own "learning walk" and buy this book. :)