Student Inquiry

HWDSB is not engaged in a technology project; rather, we are engaged in a process to enhance instruction, to invite students to engage in rich learning tasks and to rely on student voice to drive the learning environment in classrooms and through technology. image

 Learning Goals:
  • Introduction to the foundational concepts of student inquiry;
  • Understanding some practical strategies for embedding inquiry into the classroom; and
  • Exploring the essential connection between technology  and inquiry.

Minds On: I wonder??? 

How might technology support student inquiry in the classroom? 

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Inquiry-based Learning – Capacity Building Series

Touch each page….Find 1-2 sentences in the document that you may say is the “most important point”.  Post your MIP in the “leave a comment” section on the blog. image

Causal Connection: How might I create a learning environment that supports inquiry?





Inquiry Indicators: Bad Idea Exercise



A school/classroom that discourages inquiry 

1. Choose one of the indicators above and change it into an indicator that would discourage inquiry.

2. Brainstorm ways  (THE HOW) in which to develop a positive culture supporting inquiry from this bad idea.

3. Why the “bad idea” exercise? Changes mindsets by having fun, removing constraints that may feel like a hindrance, playful antidote against feeling like we can’t, etc.

Inquiry-based Learning Resources

Inquiry-based learning is a process where students are involved in their learning, formulate questions, investigate widely and then build new understandings, meanings and knowledge. That knowledge is new to the students and may be used to answer a question, to develop a solution or to support a position or point of view. The knowledge is usually presented to others and may result in some sort of action. Success with inquiry-based learning often requires a change in school culture.  (Natural Curiosity, 2011; Lorraine Chiarotto)

Do You have the Personality To Be an Inquiry-Based Teacher? | MindShift
An Inquiry Framework: Levels Of Student Ownership
 Why Inquiry Learning is Worth the Trouble | MindShift
The 20% Project (like Google) In My ClassEducation Is My | Life

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How do inquiry teachers….teach? | Just wondering
ted talks
Ramsey Musallam: 3 rules to spark learning | Talk Video |
Use the suggestions in the ALERT monograph Talking to Learn to help construct a classroom environment that supports inquiry in the classroom.
Use the suggestions in the ALERT monograph Make Room for Students to Pose and Pursue Questions to create a learning environment that encourages and sustains inquiry.
Explicitly teaching collaborative norms in the classroom is another way to establish a supportive learning environment for inquiry.  Try using them as an ‘artifact’ for inquiry:  for example, ask students “What might it look like, sound, like, feel like to ‘pay attention to self and others’?”

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