Multilingual Learners Teacher Inquiry

Responsive Teacher Inquiry and Innovation in Teaching ELA with Diverse Learners (NWP Radio)


In this clip from NWP Radio, Steve Athanases and Juliet Wahleithner describe a preservice program at UC-Davis that incorporates teacher inquiry. The speakers provide a rationale for including inquiry during field experiences in culturally and linguistically diverse classrooms as a way to turn students' attention to what they can learn from careful thinking and observation of students. Useful as an example for those designing teacher inquiry programs, the clip might also inspire activities for NWP collaborations in preservice programs or activities for working with diverse learners. See links to articles with detailed discussions of inquiry processes and rubrics.

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Steve Athanases of University of California at Davis, on the importance of implementing research and inquiry skills at the start of a teacher’s career:

“If preservice teachers can have inquiry become part of their repertoire early on, it can become internalized. They might not realize the toolkit they are developing that is going to be available for them to tap into. It’s an innovation in teacher preparation that can serve the teacher population effectively. It’s challenging and potentially really enriching.”


Read more at Learning About English Learners’ Content Understandings Through Teacher Inquiry: Focus on Writing  by Steven Z. Athanases, Juliet Michelsen Wahleithner & Lisa H. Bennett in The New Educator Volume 9, 2013 – Issue 4