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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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    As elementary students turn squares of paper into animals they’re studying, the age-old Japanese art form makes lessons more memorable.
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  • Culturally Responsive Inquiry Learning

    A look at one way middle and high school teachers can equip their students with the skills to become independent thinkers.
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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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    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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    Discover, Discuss, Demonstrate: Using Inquiry-Based Learning to Keep Students Engaged

    The 3 Ds learning model is designed to facilitate deeper learning and increase student motivation.
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    4 Ways to Encourage Students to Ask Questions

    When exploring their own questions is an integral part of class, students get more invested in working to find answers.
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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

    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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    Making Project-Based Learning Inclusive in a Hybrid Setting

    It’s not easy to help students feel connected when everyone isn’t in the same room, but these science teachers found a way to make it work.
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  • 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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    Building a Sustainable Future—One Classroom at a Time

    A mini-golf course, a canoe trip down the local river, a discussion about environmental justice. Here’s how schools are teaching students about environmental science.
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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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    A Schoolwide Exhibition Builds Excitement for Project-Based Learning

    Interdisciplinary project-based learning encourages teacher collaboration, and a whole-school showcase is deeply engaging for students.
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  • Using ‘Know, Wonder, Learn’ to Broaden Students’ Learning

    In “community KWL,” students ask their families what they know, wonder, and have learned about a topic to spark more questions to investigate.
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