Impactful Remembrance Day Inquiry Ideas

Remembrance Day (or Veteran’s Day if you’re in the U.S) is a day to reflect on the history of those who fought and died for Canada as well as those who participated in efforts on the homefront. To remember, in...

How to Modify Student Questions for Inquiry Learning

By design, inquiry learning is meant to be authentic and organic. Whether a question was posed by the teacher to start, or if students come up with their own questions, they reflect genuine curiosity and wonder. Sometimes inquiries can start...

3 Engaging Thanksgiving Inquiry Ideas to Use in the Classroom

The autumn season in North America is punctuated with holidays like Halloween and Thanksgiving, but the latter usually gets a gloss-over in the classroom. While many of us wouldn’t think that Thanksgiving is an opportune time for an inquiry project,...

Infusing Inquiry Learning into English and Language Arts Planning

Subjects like English, language arts, and grammar aren’t often associated with inquiry learning. Typically, these subjects are taught using a direct teaching method whereby teachers explain grammar rules and follow up with examples of the rules being applied in sentences....

4 Spooky Inquiry Learning Ideas to Use in October

As the autumn season gets in full swing, students will inevitably start getting excited about the holiday season. The month of October is the perfect time to introduce some inquiry activities and STEM challenges that are spooky in nature. Some...

Understanding the Difference Between Inquiry and Research

It is common to hear the question “what’s the difference between inquiry and research?” While it’s true that there are some similarities, inquiry and research are fundamentally different in many ways. Inquiry-based learning is an approach to learning that emphasizes...

5 Exciting Autumn Inquiry Ideas for September

An autumn inquiry is a great way to get students outside and exploring nature. The season is filled with lots of changes to observe, question, and investigate.  Autumn inquiry ideas include heading outside to observe changes in the environment, weather,...

How to Overcome Challenges with Inquiry Based Learning

Sometimes inquiry based learning doesn’t go as planned. There can be many reasons for this, including a lack of engagement, difficulty organizing students, and uncertainty around inquiry learning. We previously wrote about this topic in the article “4 Of The...