Lights! Camera! Action! Filming Shared Inquiry Discussions in California Schools

Thanks to the Cotsen Foundation, Great Books staff member Bill Siegel and a film crew recently had a fantastic time filming Shared Inquiry™ discussions in two California schools. Students at Acacia Elementary (Fullerton School District) and Coeur d’Alene Avenue School (Los Angeles Unified School District) excitedly discussed Jack and the Beanstalk, The Veldt by Ray Bradbury, Thank You, M’am by Langston Hughes, and The Green Man by Gail E. Haley for the cameras.

The collaboration between Cotsen’s The ART of TEACHING program and Great Books began last year when Siegel initially trained program teachers in Shared Inquiry. Sensing the teachers’ enthusiasm, both parties agreed to produce videos for their mutual digital libraries.

“Bill’s calming presence and deep knowledge of Junior Great Books allowed my teacher fellows and their students to simply be who they are: engaged and curious. The film crew seamlessly worked in and around the discussion to capture both teacher and student interactions as the conversation grew and took shape,” said Stephanie Given, second-year Cotsen mentor from Acacia.

CotsenV3Read Cotsen’s article about the filming project.




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