The Podcast: A Culture of Inquiry?

In this edition of the podcast,  I explore some of my frustrations lately regarding some pushback I’m seeing as I facilitate some teacher research in my school district.  I also wander through some first draft thinking on why that pushback exists.

I welcome your comments and suggestions, as always.

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10 thoughts on “The Podcast: A Culture of Inquiry?

  1. I agree that many classes do not make time for questioning and inquiry based learning. For students and teachers both, learning often feels rushed. With data, charts, and reports, it feels like learning must be checked off of a “to do” list. I’m interested in the books you recommended. As far as teacher conversations are concerned, maybe start the dialogue assuming they do reflect on their practices. Pose a question to them, “How do you reflect and improve your work?” In my humble opinion, any teacher who fails to question their own work, should not be teaching. What drives me forward is the idea that there is always something more I can learn / do, and I know the teachers I most admire are always pushing forward.

  2. First podcast ever and a perfect one as an intro to sharing ideas with others. My first thought in response to your question is to start with a small group of folks in a variety of positions across the district to explore the question. Personally would love to fiddle with the idea.

  3. oh my. really wishing I could have been a passenger on your drive.
    here’s my thinking Bud.
    just as we are so earnestly seeking self-directed learning for kids, where as Krishnamurti says, partial freedom is no freedom, we need to do the same for al.
    if we’re wanting to give time and space for a teacher to do their tomorrow better.. we can’t tell them what they are going to do tomorrow.
    I’m with illich on the critical inquiry as stance… we need to call into question the publicly prescribed curriculum, rather than obsessing with the delivery of it. this is what I see as the conflict. we’re not seeing brilliance, because we’re not fully giving up the reins to authentic inquiry. ie: inquire, but on these things I tell you to inquire about..
    if we seek people that are questioning thei practice.. it needs to be their practice.
    (your reference to reading.. getting the decoding.. but not the thinking.. much along Conrad wolfram’s take on math)
    you said several times Bud, that you’re talking to yourself.. that you need to get back to reg habit of talking to self. that’s detox. and yes… thats the assessment we need.
    but what we’ve found, is there can be no agenda. listening without an agenda seems to us to be the only way for that public and/or private
    conversation to address the things that matter and affect (social) change.
    I’m too busy …is very legit. we’ve got to rework the 7 hours a day we now call school. the cool thing is… we can.
    face time… would love it.
    monika hardy´s last blog post on

  4. Great podcast! You are so humble to apologize to your listeners at the end, but seriously…it was spot-on! Enlightening and you so validated my thinking and questioning about what I too, have grappled with for the past decade, working in education.

    I think what is so concerning about your conversation is the hard reality that can lend itself to the self-talk that there is no hope. “There is change here, but folks would rather avoid it.” This seems to be a nation-wide epidemic that has been brewing for decades. I keep wondering when the “islands of excellence” will grow to out number the oceans of the status quo. You can lead a horse to water, but you can’t make them drink.

    In my humble opinion, it will require dreamers and risk-takers with the capacity to withstand failure, the compassion to help others, and the perseverance to question everything.

  5. Catching up on your blog and came across this…great to listen to while I sit and ice my broken ankle (but that’s another story). What caught my attention was the “pushback” mentioned….I feel that I’ve been a part of that pushback…I’ve had a challenging year with the DLC (Conferences conflicting with Team Leader meetings, and not be ing able to take the classes I want due to low enrollment…), and so I’ve been frustrated in my own learning through the DLC this year. My team however feels differently, and that alone makes me feel better about my negative perspective…as does my own reflection as I begin to write my end-of-the-year response. I have found that even in my obstacles I have learned. It might not always been what I intended to learn, but I did learn Something! Some of the pushback though does come from, I believe, teachers feeling overwhelmed by the technology opportunities out there. I know I do. Everytime I read a blog I find 10 new sites to visit, and from those 10 come another 5, etc. etc. and even for me who is a WEE bit tech-savvy, it’s tough to process through it all! Finding the time on my own is difficult, but then finding time to share with others (who also found the time?) is another challenge. I’m still trying to figure out how to use some devices that were part of a grant 3 years ago. I’m afraid that soon they will become outdated, as everyone is clamoring for iPads and iTouches, etc. At some (many) of our schools we are also battling the struggle of losing our Media Tech. support due to budget cuts. I never have the Tech. in the Lab with me, with 25 first graders. Troubleshooting is high anxiety at times in there…but again, I’m still learning and processing as I go. I may not always get all the answers, but I also don’t give up. I don’t think my pushback comes from a lack of desire to want to make my teaching better, but it stems from some things that I can’t always control, but are in my way. Hope to see you 4/24. It was fun to hear your voice on the podcast since we have not had the pleasure of having you at our meetings recently. However, Michelle & Kyle are wonderful too! Thanks!

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