When I support organizations, schools and educators in making meaningful changes towards adopting an inquiry model as their own we tackle both the why and how of inquiry. When I visit districts and schools, for the most part, the why has been cultivated by the leadership or grown from the classroom up. The why exists already and although I absolutely love sharing my why behind inquiry, the bulk of our time together is spent on the how.
And this is where questions come into play.
The first barrier to adopting an inquiry model in the classroom is to begin learning with a question. Whether it’s the teacher’s question or the student’s question, having this be the entry point is critical. I always spend time working on question-creating skills and activities to help all inquiry stakeholders become powerful questioners. We build questions connected to the curriculum that will guide lesson and unit design. We build questions that will guide PLC direction and professional development plans. We build questions that will guide district and school goals and growth plans that are connected to action research and organization programs.
This entry point allows for the rest of the how, and, for the most part, Dive into Inquiry, to be powerfully and successfully implemented.
Don’t overlook this simple yet critical change my friends. You won’t regret it.