Welcome

  • Good Afternoon!  I am very much enjoying spending time with your students as they explore new ideas and skills, concepts and territories.   They have done great work collaborating and expanding and I look forward to continuing this work with them. Thanks again for sending them to Creative Inquiry.   

     

     

     

    Inspirational Student Quote: 
     
    "I like how some articles turn into big projects that lead into better articles!"
     
                           -3rd Grade Creative Inquiry Student  
  • Unit 2

    Below are the Driving Questions, per grade, for our next unit.   Students will do some brainstorming using Props and Maps and Books to tap into prior knoweldge.  In this unit they will really hone their reserach skills.  Then, of course, they will identify Creative Projects to demonstrate their undertsanding of the answer to their question.  I am very excited to get started.

    7th/8th:  Driving QuestionHow can a legacy inspire and benefit social change?   

    6th:  Driving Question:  How can studying the relationship between various American cultures improve our understanding of our communities? 

    5th:  Driving Question:  What is the relationship between roles, rights and responsibilities within America’s various cultures? 

    4th:  Driving Question:   How do individuals shape America's industries and occupations?  

    3rd:  Driving Question:  How can industries and occupations shape a community?      

     

     

Project Based Learning

  • Project-Based Learning honors the various synapses alive and well in our brains.  With subject matter at the core of our exploration, students will be given great latitude for discovery. As they navigate and create Driving Questions related to various curriculum-related subjects, students will hone and then apply their skills in final, creative, indivudalized unique learning projects. 

    Project based learning (PBL) will be the style of enrichment for the Creative Inquiry Gifted and Talented program in the Cave Creek Unified School District. Within a PBL classroom, you will see students learning new content through a method that encourages choice, is challenging, and fun! Below are the main goals of the CCUSD's Creative Inquiry Class.

    • Students will work within collaborative groups, learning interdependence with like-minded peers, each bringing their own gifts to the group dynamic.
    • Students investigate, research, and explore real world problems within an area of interest.
    • Students will create a product that provides a solution to the problem, explains the problem with possible solutions, and/or increases awareness of the problem. 
    • Students share their solutions with a real world audience. 

     During the Project-based learning process, the students will practice and strengthen valuable 21st-century skills such as decision making, collaborating, critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. 

    Typical structures for Projects will include: 

    Project Contract and Tentative Calendar

    Check Google Classroom