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...

6 Social Science Inquiry Projects for High School

Typically, inquiry learning is more popular with elementary-level learning. This is usually because there are larger chunks of time during the school day to spend on a large-scale inquiry project. As students get older, they tend to favour individual tasks...

6 Back to School Inquiry Learning Examples

Sometimes the hardest part of integrating inquiry learning into your classroom is generating project ideas. While inquiry learning is designed to honour student interest and curiosity, it is always helpful to have a starting place, or a unit from which...

10 Inquiry Based Learning Examples for Back to School

Inquiry based learning is an excellent way to garner student questions and ideas and use them as a starting point for deeper learning. However, many teachers run into problems coming up with inquiry based learning examples that are meaningful and...

8 Effective Ways to Create an Authentic Inquiry Classroom

Guiding students through their learning and creating fun experiences for them are some of the joys of being a teacher. But how can you create and sustain a classroom culture of inquiry, curiosity, engagement, and connection year-round? It all starts...

Simple Strategies to Activate Students’ Prior Knowledge

Despite our best efforts, it can be a challenge to get students interested and engaged in their learning. Often, many of them lack the prior knowledge to infer meaning. However, there are some genuinely useful strategies that can help re-engage...

The Power of the Reggio Emilia Approach in Education

You may have heard of the Reggio Emilia approach in education and wondered what it is or how it works. Like other educational theories gaining increased popularity in the 21st century, the Reggio Emilia approach focuses on putting the child...