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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.

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  • Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Create a Culturally Responsive Classroom

    Teachers can use inquiry to guide students to engage in learning activities that are personally and culturally relevant to them.
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  • Teacher Moves That Cultivate Learner Agency

    Helping students become independent, questioning thinkers begins with stepping back and guiding them to take the lead in their learning.
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  • Using a Cooking Project to Enhance a World Language Class

    After studying the eruption of Mount Vesuvius in a Latin class, students’ curiosity about what the people of Pompeii ate led to an unusual project.
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  • Using Inquiry to Support Deeper Learning

    Teachers can use 'effortful' follow-up questions to refine and extend student thinking about important concepts in a lesson.
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  • 3 Ways to Encourage Experiential Learning at Your School

    School leaders can guide teachers to implement exciting learning opportunities for students across the curriculum.
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  • Using Inquiry to Channel the Natural Curiosity of All Students

    Elementary school social studies classes are a good time to guide students to ask important questions about the world.
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  • How to Use the 5E Model in Your Science Classroom

    An inquiry-focused method gives students a way to connect scientific ideas to their experiences and apply their learning.
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    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.
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  • 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.
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  • 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.
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  • Independent Study Allows High School Students to Follow Their Passions

    In a new book, veteran teacher Geraldine Woods shares insights from a quarter century of directing an independent study program.
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  • How to Engage Students in Historical Thinking Using Everyday Objects

    Asking students to examine their own possessions from the perspective of a historian in the future helps them sharpens their analytical skills.
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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.
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  • 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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