Grade 4: Vessna's Story Victoria Village Public School About Victoria Village Public School: Urban school located in the east end of Toronto. The student population represents a variety of language groups and families from diverse cultural backgrounds, with 65% of students speaking a primary language other than English.
Vessna had only a few years of teaching experience at the elementary level (Grades 2 through 4 ) when she began her Inquiry journey. Although enthusiastic and open to new ideas and ways of teaching, she admits to feeling "hesitant" at the beginning: her grade team members were not starting Inquiry with her; she was concerned about her ability to cover all the curriculum with this new teaching approach; she had not prepared complete units to serve as 'back-up'; and she was uncertain about whether her students "were going to learn enough content and would have enough time for everything".
Looking back at her year of Inquiry, however, Vessna is happy about the quality of her students' learning and their attitudes about themselves. "They learned to understand their own thinking processes. They felt empowered that they had made a difference in the world and in their school community."