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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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    A required course in high school journalism would give kids the tools to tell the stories of their communities and make them active contributors to civic life—not just readers and writers.
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  • Cultivating Curiosity Among Older Students

    Small, daily shifts in the way middle and high school teachers ask questions can boost student engagement.
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    An inquiry-focused method gives students a way to connect scientific ideas to their experiences and apply their learning.
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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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  • Teacher Moves That Cultivate Learner Agency

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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

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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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