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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?

Tuning In

  • 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?

Finding Out

  • 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..

Going Further

  • 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..