What is an Inquiry-Based Learning?
Inquiry-based learning is an approach where students explore academic content by posing, investigating and answering questions. They are then able to present their solutions in a credible and persuasive manner to their peers. This approach puts students’ questions at the center of the curriculum, and places just as much value on the component skills of research as it does on knowledge and understanding of content.
Commitments associated with this model:
- Triggers students’ curiosity
- Problem statement-question
- Reflection and self-assessment
- Support the school’s vision, mission and design option.
- Engage in professional development focused on the school’s redesign
- Engage in grade level and/or cross-grade level team collaboration and planning.
- Balance direct instruction strategically with inquiry-focused teaching methods.
- Use a range of strategies such as formative assessments to reach diverse students and create environments that support differentiated teaching and learning.
- Continuously assess progress of each scholar as they work through their inquiries.
- Relinquish control and facilitate learning by providing resources and rich experiences that provoke scholar thinking and curiosity.
- Clear vision of learning outcomes
- Pose open-ended questions for scholars to investigate
- Increase collaborative learning experiences through project-based questioning and learning.
- Increase scholar research opportunities, hands-on learning, and use of multiple intelligences.