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Inquiry-Based Learning

Instead of just presenting the facts, use questions, problems, and scenarios to help students learn through their own agency and investigation.

  • Boy sitting at laptop speaking with teacher on video call.

    Making the Most of Synchronous Sessions in PBL

    In planning project-based learning units, teachers can maximize students’ time together by focusing on collaboration and feedback.
    Andrew Miller
  • Student looking at photos in a history museum exhibit

    Using Creative Projects to Help Students Engage With History

    When students work with primary source materials, they produce authentic work that both drives and demonstrates their learning.
  • A group of teachers sitting, participating in a group discussion

    The Benefits of Inquiry-Based PD

    Giving teachers control over their professional development work boosts engagement and models a practice they can use in the classroom.
  • A young girl is smiling, standing at the front of the class and reading, and her teacher and peers are clapping for her.

    What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?

    Teachers use inquiry-based learning to combat the “dunno” -- a chronic problem in student engagement. Check out these four steps for creating inquiry-based curriculum.
  • Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning Journey

    Putting Students in Charge of Their Learning Journey

    By leaving space in their lessons for authentic curiosity to take hold, teachers can enable deeper learning.
  • High school students engage in civic debate

    Inquiry-Based Tasks in Social Studies

    Assignments that are bigger than a lesson and smaller than a unit are a good way to experiment with inquiry-based learning.
  • A collage of a landscape where people are gathering knowledge from their surroundings

    Want Mastery? Let Students Find Their Own Way

    Prominent scholars say that to drive deeper learning, students need to become accustomed to confusion—and develop the persistence to find their own answers.
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    Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

    Find information, strategies, protocols, and tools to promote curiosity and engage students in asking questions, thinking critically, and solving problems.
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    Inquiry-Based Learning: The Power of Asking the Right Questions

    An inquiry-based curriculum requires both planning and flexibility, as well as a teacher knowing the students well enough to anticipate their interests and limits.
  • A magic lamp sitting on a sand dune in a desert, a wisp of blue light coming out of it

    Project-Based Learning Using Disney Movies

    Popular movies can be an entry point for students to dig deeper into historical studies.
  • Boy wearing glasses building with legos

    Project-Based Learning vs. Problem-Based Learning vs. X-BL

    John Larmer of the Buck Institute for Education clears up any confusion on the difference between project-based learning, problem-based learning, and whatever-else-based learning.
  • A teacher and a group of students discuss an inquiry-based project.

    Bringing Inquiry-Based Learning Into Your Class

    A four-step approach to using a powerful model that increases student agency in learning.
  • Illustration showing the outline of a human head with a question mark and other icons symbolizing thinking

    Inquiry and the Research Process

    Tips for ensuring that your students’ research fosters genuine inquiry.
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    Using Scientific Pedagogy to Teach History

    Employing the scientific method in history instruction can improve comprehension and engagement.
  • Two students doing a chemistry experiment with a test tube in a school science lab

    Embracing Inquiry-Based Instruction

    A veteran teacher shares the frustrations and challenges of this student-centered teaching model—and why she finds it so powerful.

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