Inquiry-based learning starts by posing questions, problems or scenarios — rather than simply presenting established facts or portraying a smooth path to knowledge. Inquirers will identify and research issues and questions to develop their knowledge or solutions. As educators we strive to answer a question, which solves a problem -- one that has relevance to all of us:
How do we make a difference for students? ↔ How will this impact student learning? ↔ How will we do more with less resources? ↔ What resources do we have that we could use differently to impact student learning? ↔ What can we do to reduce barriers to learning for students? ↔ Why are so many students coming to school without the needed skill set? ↔ Are we growing all of our students to their potential?
INQUIRY-BASED SOLUTIONS draw on the human capacity of the professional learning community to solve pressing issues by asking questions, brainstorming solutions, testing hypothesis and finding solutions that positively impact student learning. A few projects from my work with inquiry are highlighted below:
Early Childhood Forum
Reducing Barriers for Student Learning
Closing the Achievement Gap: Bubble Groups and Summer Slide
Reducing Barriers to Learning: