An inquiry-based approach is driven by students’ curiosity about the world around them. It encourages connection, co-operation, and collaboration by allowing students to pose and solve problems together and with their communities in shared, authentic learning experiences
- What is it we hope students will come to understand more deeply through this inquiry?
- What knowledge might they need to help them to move towards this understanding?
- What is it we hope students will be able to do more competently?
- What learning dispositions will this inquiry help students practice and develop further?
- What do the learners want and need to learn and do?
- What do students reveal to us in initial conversations? What are the big ideas?
- Why is it worth doing this inquiry?
- How can we connect this with the lives of students?
- What do we know/ think/ believe about this topic?
- What are you wondering?
- When you see this (provocation) what does it make you think?
- What does this remind you of in your own life?
- What connections can you make?
- What do you already think/ feel/ know about this?
- What questions or puzzles do you have about this inquiry?
- What do we need to know or think more about?
- Why might this be worth learning about?
- How might we explore these wonderings and puzzles further?
- What would be the best way to find out more? Who could we ask? How might we go about asking them?
- What is this information telling us?
- How does this connect to what you already know? How do we know if the information is reliable or not?
- How can we check this?
- Where has this information come from?
- How is this making you feel?
- What skills will we need to use?
- This makes me wonder about…
- I think we could/ should… How about we ask…
- Maybe we could search for..
- How is our thinking changing?
- What patterns are you seeing?
- What does this mean?
- How has our thinking been extended from what we already knew?
- What questions arise for you?
- What are you noticing?
- What questions have we answered? What next?
- What connections can we draw?
- How is this making a difference to us?
- How can we use what we are learning?
- I used to think… but now I think… I wasn’t expecting to find out about…
- I can connect this with…
- This tells me that..
- What are you most interested in finding out about now?
- How could you take this further?
- How might you go about this investigation?
- What new questions do you have?
- Is there something you think you could do with this information?
- How can you achieve that?
- What personal learning goals can you set during this independent inquiry?
- What do you need?
- What do you need to do?
- I’m confused about…
- I still need to know/ do…
- What can we say about this topic now that we couldn’t say in the beginning?
- What do you think is the most important thing we have learned about? Why?
- What should we share with others? How?
- Where to next?
- What questions are we left with? Why? What have we learned about ourselves and about learning?
- I used to think… but now I think…
- Next time I need to…
- I have learned more about…
- I can use this when…
- I have improved at..