December 2018 #NCTEchat: Spirited Inquiry - National Council of Teachers of English
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December 2018 #NCTEchat: Spirited Inquiry

“How would learning and teaching be different if schools were designed to celebrate and foster inquiry? If teachers were encouraged to hold inquiry at the center of their pedagogy? If assessments helped to nurture inquiry, curiosity, and wonder? If administrators could create contexts for inquiry? If policymakers were its chief advocates? What if our students learned to use writing and reading to inquire? What if they wondered about words and how they work? What if their growing sense of inquiry also empowered them? What if students and teachers, in unleashing their curiosity, also grew their access, agency, power, and impact?”

Leah Zuidema, 2019 NCTE Annual Convention Program Chair


Spirited Inquiry is the theme for the 2019 Annual Convention, and with the Call for Proposal deadline just around the corner (January 16 at 1:00 p.m. EST), we started thinking: what does inquiry mean for you in your classroom? Join us on Twitter to explore many different angles of inquiry during the December #NCTEchat this Sunday, December 16, at 8:00 p.m. EST.


The following questions will be shared, after introductions. Be ready to share what you’d like to learn more about over winter break!

Q1. What does it mean to take an inquiry stance as an ELA teacher, professor, or educator? #NCTEchat

Q2. How can our curricular designs, learning environments, teaching methods, and assessments foster inquiry? #NCTEchat

Q3. How can digital tools help to spark inquiry for students and teachers? #NCTEchat

Q4. What do we do when our inquiries lead us to disagree with others’ ideas and conclusions? #NCTEchat

Q5. How do we ensure significant opportunities for inquiry for ALL students? #NCTEchat

Q6. Spirited Inquiry is the theme for the 2019 Annual Convention. What tips do you have for submitting proposals? The deadline is 1:00 p.m. EST, Wednesday, January 16, 2019! #NCTEchat #NCTE19

We hope to see you there! Be sure to join us by using #NCTEchat.

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