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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.

  • Middle school student takes notes during virtual learning session

    Promoting Scientific Inquiry Inside and Outside of the Classroom

    Exposing students to discrepant events and online simulations can spark wonder and motivate them to investigate science beyond the classroom.
    Stephanie Toro
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  • Student works on laptop in classroom while wearing mask

    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.
    623
  • Middle school girl giving presentation in classroom at school

    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.
    729
  • Colorful found kitchen objects

    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.
    3k
  • High school students work together on project in classroom

    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.
    1.7k
  • 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.
    22.5k
  • 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.
    7.4k
  • 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.
    4.8k
  • 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.
    4k
  • Child playing with mud in bucket

    When Life Gives You Mud, Make Science

    With the simplest ingredients, teachers can show their students how the natural world around them works—and how to protect it.
    440
  • A young boy is lying in the grass with a pencil in his hand, looking down at a red notebook filled with yellow paper

    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.
    9.6k
  • Mathis in active dialogue with students sitting in circle on the floor with hands raised

    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.
    10.1k
  • 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.
    826
  • 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.
    6.7k
  • 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.
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