This is where we are now.
In the coming year there will be two grades who have gone through a Guided Inquiry Design unit. I will be working with 3rd Grade teachers to introduce the process to a new set of students. 4th grade will implement at least two units with the students who participated in the animal classification unit. The 5th grade team does not have a unit planned at this time, but my aim is to target that grade level in August to plan a Guided Inquiry Design unit. This will allow students to stay familiar with the process they learned in the Native American unit. I will also conduct a unit with 2nd grade because I know that teaching team will readily jump into this design process. My advice to you is approach a grade level that you know will be willing to learn the process with you (that is what my 3rd grade team did).
When I look at this progress I realize that we will have gone from conducting our first two GID units last year, to having done no less than six in the upcoming school year. My school wouldn’t be able to continue this growth if we had not started somewhere. If you haven’t jumped into the GID process I encourage you to give it a try. My favorite Oklahoman, Will Rogers once said, “Even if you’re on the right track, you’ll get run over if you just sit there.” If you are like me the right track brought you this far, now we’ve just got to keep moving through a purposeful implementation of the GID process. We can do it!