4 Powerful and Purposeful Inquiry Questions for Teaching Black History

2020 was a year of monumental change. It was a year of activism, strength, and inspiration. It showed everyone what courage, collaboration, and determination looks like. Furthermore, it provided students around the world with a starting point from which conversations,...

4 Helpful Tips for Creating an Engaging Virtual Inquiry Classroom

Over the past year, we’ve all had to adjust our teaching methods and approaches. Every classroom and circumstance is different, but what has remained similar is the shift to virtual learning. For many, this has meant having to leave the...

Simple Ways to Plan and Teach a Fairytale Inquiry Unit

Learning about fairytales and other fictional genres are important parts of a language arts program. In particular, fairytales are the type of stories that can be enjoyed by a wide variety of age groups. This is partly due to their...

How to Teach the U.S Capitol Attack Using Inquiry Learning

Although a week has gone by since the capitol attack, many people are still trying to process what happened. Students need opportunities to talk about these events and spaces to safely process their feelings and reactions. For most people, the...

5 Things I Felt Grateful for in 2020

This year has been transformative in many ways. It has shaped who we are as teachers, parents, and students. It has forced us to think about the true purpose of education, assessment, and learning. Additionally, it has reminded us to...

Top 4 Inquiry Learning Trends to Watch For in 2021

It goes without saying that 2020 has certainly been a challenging year. Teachers, parents, students, and everyone in between has had to adapt to a completely new way of teaching and learning. Throughout the year we’ve had to adapt to...

How Inquiry Learning is Redefining Schools in the 21st Century

Traditional teaching has remained relatively unchanged for decades. Compulsory public education was established so that students could learn how to read, write, and perform math calculations. In addition, students were taught subjects such as the classics, religion, and learning how...

Using Inquiry Learning to Write Stories of the Future

As I mentioned in a previous blog post, I was involved in a podcast project called “After the Pandemic: Writing the Stories of the Future”. The aim of the project was to stimulate 8th grade students’ critical thinking about the...

Helping Students See The Value in Their Contributions

For many of us, we can recall a time in our childhood when a teacher or parent thought of us as more capable than we actually were. It parallels quotes like “she believed she could, so she did” and “fake...