One of the strengths of Dive into Inquiry is that it provides the how behind adopting inquiry as your own. It’s full of lessons, structures, definitions, graphics, and artifacts of learning that help teachers grasp how the inquiry classroom flows from day to day, week to week, and month to month.
After the book went to print I was asked by colleague and friend Sylvia Duckworth to collaborate on a 10 Reasons to Use Inquiry-Based Learning sketchnote. We easily drafted a powerful list of reasons and I found myself having an incredibly difficult time narrowing it down to just ten.
Take a few minutes now to do the following exercise for yourself: have a careful look at the sketchnote, take your time and reflect on which of these reasons to use inquiry are evident in your classroom. Make a list of these reasons and identify what you do to foster each and ensure that they are a part of the learning culture in your room.
Now let’s turn the tables and prepare yourself to be brave and courageous in your reflection: which of these traits is not evident in your classroom? Which are not a part of the learning culture in your room? And, most importantly, what can you do to bring them to the forefront of your student’s experience at school? I am fairly confident that the answer to this last question is found in Dive into Inquiry.
Do you have an inquiry classroom? Are there any adjustments you can make to optimize the power of inquiry? Please share in the comments below.