What the Heck Is Inquiry-Based Learning?
Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It’s about triggering curiosity. And activating a student’s curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery. Despite its complexity, inquiry-based learning can be easier on teachers, partly because it transfers some responsibilities from teachers to students, but mostly because releasing authority engages students. Teachers who use inquiry-based learning combat the “dunno”—a chronic problem in student engagement. When you ask a student something like, “What do you want to know about _____?” What inquiry-based teachers do isn’t easy at all; it’s just hidden, and some people confuse the two. Learning Something New Triggering inquiry is about learning something new, and triggering curiosity is no small feat. Let’s say you’re clicking through your Twitter or Facebook feed and you stumble on a link in your content area. You have to bring that “whaaa?!” 1. 2. 3.
Related: SAMR, STEM, Guided Inquiry
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