Category: Starting with Inquiry Learning

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...

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...

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...

Practical, Time-Saving Tips for Implementing Inquiry-Based Learning

Inquiry-based learning has grown in popularity over the past decade. In fact, over 90% of teachers in a recent poll indicated that they have implemented, or are planning to implement inquiry-based learning in their classrooms. However, implementing a successful inquiry...

9 Powerful Inquiry Learning Examples to Use in the Classroom

Inquiry-based learning is a teaching approach that focuses on student-generated questions, ideas, and observations, and uses these as an anchor for learning. Most teachers are familiar with inquiry-based learning; many of them have implemented it in their own classrooms. However,...

Creating Strong Driving Questions for Inquiry Learning

Both inquiry-based and project-based learning use questions to engage students in learning about topics and ideas that interest them. These questions are called driving questions (also referred to as “essential questions”). A driving question is an open-ended question that is...