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a seeking or request for truth, information, or knowledge
Independent Inquiry Mission
learning at school, learning at home, and learning anywhere, anytime.
learners to engage in and reflect on their own inquiry processes.
interest- and passion-driven learning.
peers, parents, communities, and global networks into the inquiry process.
The Maker Education Initiative
National Writing Project
21st Century Fluency Project
Constructionist Learning Theory
, Passion Projects, and
20% Time in Education
, and iTime.
Inquiry - formulating questions and seeking answers - represents all learning. It takes many forms from casual wondering to scientific research, seeking out a spiritual guru to authoring a novel, training for a marathon to collecting rare coins.
Inquiry in the classroom also takes many forms. Modeled inquiry is excellent for helping to learn new inquiry processes. Guided inquiry is useful when content is complex and requires sequential steps. Some inquiries may focus on the acquisition of facts to answer questions while others develop questions to promote conceptual understanding.
Provocations guide learners to discover their own questions. The answers they find lead to more questions, and the process continues.
Mastery of the creative and collaborative processes of inquiry is the ultimate learning goal.
This wiki is an open resource for documentation and reflection. The
Independent Inquiry Reflection
google form has been recently updated on the
page, and a growing list of inquiry goals and reflections can be found on the class pages. I invite anyone to utilize any resources and request to join in order to share their own discoveries.
Learning is built upon a foundation of trust. I trust my students to pursue their learning and I trust myself to find ways to best support them. I believe that Independent Inquiry is the most authentic vehicle for pursuing this vision in the classroom.
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