It's important that teachers create an environment that fosters a sense of community, where all students feel included, appreciated and where their ideas are treated with respect.
One way to do that is to start the year with an amazing project/inquiry. In this grade 4/5 classroom students had the opportunity to build go-karts! This classroom turned into a workshop and let the students know that learning in this inquiry-based classroom would be different. Students responded immediately and couldn't wait to come to school everyday. Building go-karts helped to motivate and engage the students and it helped to build a community of learners, where they learned to listen to each other, collaborate, problem solve and become critical thinkers.
More pictures and stories to come!