Inquiry Based Learning Resources

Resources and Downloads to Facilitate Inquiry-Based Learning

LEARN MORE ABOUT THE ADVANTAGES OF INQUIRY-BASED TEACHING A CASE FOR CURIOSITY: Learn how to maintain and cultivate a curious mentality by listening to the perspective of one educator on the significance of the question “why?” (Edutopia, 2016)
3 Golden Rules to Kickstart Your Education: Watch a quick video to gain an understanding of how the questions raised by students lead to genuine learning. (TED Talks, 2013)
Why Being Curious Is Beneficial to Learning: Learn about the results of a neuroscientific study on what makes people curious. (Edutopia, 2014)
Creating a Learning Experience That Really Matters: Gain an understanding of the advantages that come with inquiry-based, in-depth learning experiences. (Edutopia, 2015)
The Research That Supports Student Choice and Inquiry-Based Learning: Investigate a compiled body of research and examples of accomplishments. (A.J. Juliani)
A Selection From the Book “Teaching for Meaningful Learning:” To get an overview of the previous study, read an excerpt from a book. (Edutopia, 2008)

Create Learning Environments That Foster Inquiry

The Step-by-Step Guide to Bringing “More Beautiful” Questions Back to School Examined below are five strategies for fostering learning settings that place an emphasis on questioning. (KQED’s MindShift, 2016)
In order to create a culture that values inquiry, it is important to understand how to honour inquiry within the context of assignments and evaluations. (Edutopia, 2015)
Creating an Atmosphere in the Classroom That Supports In-Depth Learning: Investigate and start five different cultural changes. (Edutopia, 2015)
The following are ten suggestions for getting started with an inquiry-based classroom: Jump right in and give some of these suggestions a shot on your own. (KQED’s MindShift, 2015)

Plan Curriculum That Supports Inquiry

A Strategy for Educating and Motivating Children Through the Use of Inquiry-Based Learning Examine a comprehensive inquiry-based learning guide to obtain knowledge on methods and approaches that may be applied to the completion of inquiry-based projects in any educational environment. (2016) According to YouthLearn
Find out how to assist students in relating their work to overarching questions so that they can benefit from quality instruction and differentiation. (Edutopia, 2015)
Inquiry-Based Learning Consists of the Following Four Phases: Discover how to divide up the process of learning based on inquiry into four distinct stages. (TeachThought)
Teaching by Means of Questioning: Discover the teaching framework of “engage, explore, explain, and extend” (Engage, Explore, Explain, and Extend). (ASCD, 2013)
A voyage of historical inquiry can be begun by following these five steps, which are part of inquiry-based learning in a classroom that teaches both literacy and social studies. (Teaching Channel, 2013) [citation needed]

Use Strategies to Increase Inquiry in the Classroom

Curiosity: Explore 10 different strategies to get children interested in learning by reading “The Force Within a Hungry Mind.” (Edutopia, 2015)
Learn more about how to encourage questions from students by reading about four practises that might assist scaffold their inquiries. (Edutopia, 2015)
The Power of Asking the Right Inquiries Recognize when and to what extent you should assist students in refocusing questions, and then ask those questions. (Edutopia, 2015)
Finding ways to inspire the Einsteins and Edisons hidden within each of us: learning how to teach creativity (Edutopia, 2015)
Finding Steps to Develop Your Artistic Thinking Finding ways to work and think like an artist can be learned. (Edutopia, 2015)
Learned helplessness can be avoided by learning how to stop delivering answers and starting to ask more questions instead. (Edutopia, 2015)

Conduct Activities That Promote Inquiry

Query Books: Have kids keep a journal of their thoughts, questions, and musings about the world. (Edutopia, 2014)
Hackathons: You can design activities during a hackathon that provide experiences in overcoming failure by consulting a hackathon playbook. (Edutopia, 2015)
Try out Genius Hour with 20 percent of your time (a.k.a. 20 Percent Time). (Edutopia, 2013)
The pupils’ desire to learn will be inspired by the story of a microscopic doctor who becomes disoriented while working within the body of a patient. (Edutopia, 2014)
First, Some Questions, Then Some Answers: Make use of insightful questions that encourage learning. (Edutopia, 2014)
Ask students to look into a Big Question while they are in a Self-Organized Learning Environment while they are attending School in the Cloud. (Virtual Learning Environment)

Downloads and Examples From Schools That Work

The flagship series of Edutopia focuses on best practises and specific case studies from K-12 schools and districts that are successfully enhancing the way children learn. In the following sections, you will discover links to downloads that are utilised by practitioners at featured schools as well as deep dives into real-world instances of inquiry-based learning.

Developing Student-Driven Questions in an Inquiry-Based Learning Environment

Lessons at Wildwood IB World Magnet School are driven by student questions, and teachers channel students’ natural curiosity into projects that are centred on the students themselves. These are some of the inquiry-based teaching materials that Wildwood has to offer.

Curriculum Map for Grades K-5: You can learn how Wildwood links its lines of inquiry throughout the year to specific curricular topics, central ideas, and essential concepts by downloading this chart and looking it over.
Download a worksheet that offers suggestions to help students focus and think through the topics of their study, and use them for their own project questions.
Download an example of the “My Personal Project” worksheet to find out how teachers at Wildwood assist students outline plans for their projects. On this worksheet, students record questions, research notes, unfamiliar language, and how they will demonstrate what they have learned. Check out Wildwood’s Personal Project Planner for a different resource that falls under this category.
Download a personal project skills survey to learn how students at Wildwood reflect on the skills they’ve honed and the personal work habits they’ve developed while working on their projects.

The Transition from Instructor-Led to Student-Centered Inquiry-Based Learning
Observe how teachers at Ralston Elementary School guide the inquiry process over the course of a series of sessions and educate kids how to ask more in-depth questions so that the students are prepared to lead their own investigations into certain issues.

Leveraging the Power of Curiosity with the “I Wonder” Question System
Find out how teachers at Crellin Elementary School use their students’ “I Wonder” inquiries as a springboard for lesson planning, how they differentiate their teaching, and how they encourage student curiosity.

Inquiry-Based Learning in the Science Classroom In the science classroom at Casey Middle School, students start with a fundamental question and search for solutions by conducting research, experiments, and analysing data. Examine a model question and an outline of the associated lesson to gain an understanding of how this operates in practise.