Kids' minds are wide open. They are constantly learning, questioning just about everything. 

Our work starts with this premise and encourages children to learn through inquiry, to grow authentically, and in the process, become more self-reliant, engaged cooperative citizens – critical thinkers and doers. We focus our work in elementary school : the child's first community outside of home. 

We work with teachers to support a learner-centered, inquiry based strategy that guides students to see them selves as fully capable human beings. We encourage children to recognize how they may affect positive change in all their communities and to feel how it nurtures themselves to do so. 

Upper elementary school students often feel they have a legacy to leave their school better off for the 'littler kids'. Helping kids improve the school brings out the best in kids. It helps cultivate a growth mindset. They start to become active, engaged citizens.

Ms. Teagle teaches Kindergarten at PS20. She is so proud of her students for creating their (pre literate, highly visual) Learning Wall based on the essential question: "How am I unique?" This process aids the teacher in understanding  how each child is developing.  At the same time it helps the child see him or herself as an individual and also citizen in their community. Even at this young age they 'own' their wall according to their teacher. 

Ms. Teagle teaches Kindergarten at PS20. She is so proud of her students for creating their (pre literate, highly visual) Learning Wall based on the essential question: "How am I unique?" This process aids the teacher in understanding  how each child is developing.  At the same time it helps the child see him or herself as an individual and also citizen in their community. Even at this young age they 'own' their wall according to their teacher. 

By helping kids cultivate navigation skills at an early age, they  approach critical problems with greater confidence and agility. And when we help the teacher shift her/his role to trusted illuminator, the student is free to become his/her own teacher. The shift to a learner-centered classroom may help the entire school. Can't kids help improve their school? Aren’t the students the most valuable, yet most overlooked, resource in any school?

All of our work embraces an iterative, exploration process. And we believe "Failure is the best teacher: Success is the best reward."

Inquiring Minds started rethinking a classroom in PS 20 in Brooklyn  over the summer of 2014 with a lot of help from students and teachers. Here we are in front of our first classroom innovative tool, the Learning Wall.  Itspin-able, write-able and sound deadening. Based on a user-experience process we helped lead them through we developed Kids' Council. .Later in the year, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders helped pick their new classroom furniture in their KIds' Councils. 

Inquiring Minds started rethinking a classroom in PS 20 in Brooklyn  over the summer of 2014 with a lot of help from students and teachers. Here we are in front of our first classroom innovative tool, the Learning Wall.  Itspin-able, write-able and sound deadening. Based on a user-experience process we helped lead them through we developed Kids' Council. .Later in the year, the 3rd, 4th and 5th graders helped pick their new classroom furniture in their KIds' Councils. 

 

Looking for something? In our talks with some exceptional elementary public and private school teachers we have been graciously welcomed into classrooms to help meet the challenges they and their students face firsthand. It's this extended access that has allowed us to innovate to help kids become critical thinkers and doers, cooperators, iterative strategists equipped with the skills they need to succeed.