Walker-Grant Inquiry Time
W-G Inquiry Time Description
Through common activities, the objective of Inquiry Time is to explore interests and grow students’ skills with specific learning goals. These experiences can then be referenced in any class or interaction to further reinforce and practice supporting acclimation into middle school, improving academic performance and preparing for their 8th grade community project and high school beyond.
Walker-Grant Inquiry Time is a monthly meeting between scholars and their supervisor providing the opportunity to use content, explore interests, make connections, grow skills and build relationships through dedicated, directed time with the support of a practitioner supervisor. Each student is assigned a supervisor, kind of like a homeroom, to meet with regularly during the school year. Students will find their supervisor assignment posted in the building prior to the meetings. Scholars meet with the same teacher and group each time although the location may change and is provided in advance. Scholars are introduced to different activities and given time to complete their work during Inquiry Time. This is not a specific content course with an assigned grade, but scholars should be given feedback for their efforts. On Inquiry Time days, students follow modified bell schedules where they first report to their supervisor for 80 minutes of Inquiry Time from 7:40-9am then visit each class during that day for a shortened amount of time. The meeting dates are noted below and are subject to change. Please visit the FCPS website for further resources www.cityschools.com/ib2/.
Inquiry Time Meeting Dates 2019-20
September 18th (Wed. B day, early release/PD)
October 23rd (Wed. B day, early release/PD)
November 13th (Wed. B day, early release/PD)
December 18th (Wed. B day, whole day)
January 22nd (Wed. A day, whole day)
February 12th (Wed. B day, early release/PD)
make-up day if needed: February 19th (Wed. A day, whole day)
March 13th (Fri. B day, early release/PD)
April 10th (Fri. A day, early release/PD)
Showcase April 14th 7:40-9am (daytime), 6-7:30pm (evening)
The Progression of Inquiry Time:
- 6th grade will grow executive function skills including positive behavioral interventions and supports (PBIS) to specifically support the transition to middle school. No required work is anticipated outside of these meetings.
- 7th grade will grow in Virginia’s Profile of a Graduate (POAG) including preparing for their 8th grade community project and exploring education and career paths for high school and beyond. No required work is anticipated outside of these meetings.
- 8th grade will have assistance and small group work sessions for the IB MYP Community Project.
- Students are given the community project handbook and other materials. Students may work individually or form groups of two or three. However, the groups must be formed within their Inquiry Time classroom. Grouped students may share the responsibility of each stage and its requirements, but he/she must still do his/her own process journal and a portion of the presentation to their supervisor.
- This is not a specific content course with an assigned grade, but scholars will be assessed on the process and given feedback for their efforts by their supervisor. This does not have to be an additional thing but rather an extension of something they already are doing or want to do. Students will have to complete some of their project outside of the approximately 10 hours spent in Inquiry Time. Part of the project is tracking their actions and process. Scholars will have the opportunity to share their product with peers and families in the spring at the showcase, similar to a science fair. Successful project completion will earn a FCPS W-G MYP Year 1-3 completion certificate at 8th grade promotion!
- The project was introduced to students during inquiry time last year and families/guardians obtain information at different W-G events. Please visit our FCPS website for further resources www.cityschools.com/ib2/ or contact Ms. Ashley Rea, the community project liaison: firstname.lastname@example.org, (540) 372-1145 ext. 2217.