If you are a trained Junior Great Books® leader, you understand the value of the Shared Inquiry™ method and appreciate how it adds to your array of teaching strategies. We support you by offering intermediate and advanced courses on a variety of subjects, from harnessing the power of student questions to implementing Junior Great Books for the youngest readers.

We are here to help you practice and master your inquiry-based teaching skills, whatever your requirements may be. Check out these upcoming webinars!

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The Power of Student Questions

November 22, 2021 • 10:00 a.m.–noon central time • Register
January 21, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. central time • Register

This intermediate course will help you teach students how to pose better questions, identify different kinds of questions, and focus on the questions that will best help them build their understanding of a text. You will learn how to stimulate students’ initial curiosity about a specific text and guide them to become active partners in inquiry. The process begins with the sharing questions activity and can lead to students helping to choose effective questions for Shared Inquiry discussion and for expository writing or research after discussion.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Help students express their initial reactions to a text in the form of questions
  • Teach students how to recognize different kinds of questions
  • Use the power of student questions to engage the class in exploring answers and sharing their ideas, both during discussion and in writing

Shared Inquiry Advanced Review

December 15, 2021 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
January 20, 2022 • 11:00 a.m.–1:00 p.m. central time • Register

This course provides a review of the essential elements of a Shared Inquiry discussion and the Great Books interpretive reading activities that enable students at all levels to participate successfully. Through active engagement in an instructor-led demonstration and/or a video of students in discussion, you will solidify your understanding of your role as leader, as well as of how Shared Inquiry connects to state and district standards and improves students’ reading, critical thinking, writing, and oral communication skills.

Implementing Junior Great Books Nonfiction Inquiry

December 10, 2021 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
February 8, 2022 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This live webinar introduces the Shared Inquiry method of reading and discussion and prepares you to use JGB Nonfiction Inquiry materials effectively in the classroom.

The workshop includes:

  • An interactive, hands-on demonstration of Nonfiction Inquiry reading strategies and discussion
  • Reflection on the elements and benefits of the Shared Inquiry activity sequence
  • An introduction to and practice with using follow-up questions to deepen students’ thinking about texts
  • Time for questions about implementation and troubleshooting

You will receive a PDF highlighting key strategies and will be ready to implement JGB Nonfiction Inquiry in your classroom.

Interpretive Thinking for Grades K–1

December 8, 2021 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register
February 7, 2022 • 3:00–5:00 p.m. central time • Register

This course will help you introduce the basic principles of Shared Inquiry—listening, wondering, and sharing—to students in the primary grades. Learn to provide the challenge and critical thinking elements every balanced literacy program needs and achieve realistic goals such as helping young students listen to a story, ask relevant questions and make sensible comments about it, and learn to provide reasons for their ideas. You will explore ways to use simple forms of discussion, drama, drawing, and writing to help students connect with a story and begin their interpretive thinking about it.

After this course, you will be able to:

  • Help students in grades K–1 begin to respond interpretively to a story
  • Engage students in listening, asking questions, and sharing ideas with classmates
  • Use the Junior Great Books K–1 program to engage all students in higher literacy and inquiry
  • Plan a Shared Inquiry unit with strategies and activities tailored to your students’ needs

For a complete list of intermediate and advanced inquiry-based webinars, visit this page in our store. If you would like to arrange training for your own group of educators, please select your state or location below so you can set up a quick meeting with your Great Books educational consultant to discuss your needs!