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Jill Bean's picture

My thoughts on Inquiry


  • starting with questions
  • growing from student interests
  • students actively engaging with materials and each other
  • making and sharing observations
  • story telling --> articulating and defending stories
  • more experiences with materials and each other
  • more observations
  • new, "less wrong" stories
  • looping on and on

The inquiry process does not expect one outcome, multiple outcomes are expected and encouraged.  Multiple outcomes can lead to more opportunities for dissonance and then more learning as well.  Inquiry is more focused on the process.

I use inquiry extensively in my "themes", integrated curricular units of study.


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