inquiry learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

Harnessing Children’s Natural Ways of Learning

| October 23, 2013 | 22 Comments

Fed up with the restrictions at his conventional school, 10-year-old Scott Gray convinced his parents to transfer him to one where children control their own education. His father, Peter Gray, who’s a developmental psychologist, watched his son thrive and began seeking to understand how children learned in such a setting, and what lessons could be drawn from it.

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Why Student-Centered Learning Can Change the World

Why Student-Centered Learning Can Change the World

| October 19, 2013 | 7 Comments

“So,” Juárez Correa said, “what do you want to learn?”

Correa asked his students this question in an attempt to bring student-centered learning to an impoverished Mexican town located near a dump where it’s not uncommon to find dead bodies on the street. With that question, Correa not only gave his students something to look forward to in coming to school, but also a clear path to “measurable” achievement.

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Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

Reinventing School From the Ground Up For Inquiry Learning

| September 11, 2013 | 20 Comments

Can inquiry-based and project-based learning exist in a traditional industrial-age school? It may be time for schools to invent fresh ecosystems designed specifically for inquiry.

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Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

Looking For Real-World Math Problems? Try Google Earth!

| September 6, 2013 | 16 Comments

Aiming to get kids to understand and solve real-world math problems, one teacher developed a tool that uses Google Earth.

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Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

Before Reading or Watching Videos, Students Should Experiment First

| July 17, 2013 | 18 Comments

A new Stanford study shows that students learn better when first exploring an unfamiliar idea or concept on their own, rather than reading a text or watching a video first.

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How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

How to Trigger Students’ Inquiry Through Projects

| July 15, 2013 | 14 Comments

When students engage in quality projects, they develop knowledge, skills, and dispositions that serve them in the moment and in the long term. There are several ways to start designing projects. Here are six steps that will help you get started.

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The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning

| July 3, 2013 | 21 Comments

As education continues the march toward a student-driven, project-oriented approach that values intelligent solutions to open-ended problems, it won’t be sufficient to focus on the wonderful discoveries and authentic work that result from an inquiry-based system. Instead, a far more difficult issue will come to the fore: How will we know if inquiry-based learning is successful, and what non-standardized measures of achievement, like better attitude, apply?

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Teacher’s Most Powerful Tool: Piquing Students’ Curiosity

Teacher’s Most Powerful Tool: Piquing Students’ Curiosity

| June 4, 2013 | 5 Comments

Educator Ramsey Musallam says that a teacher’s strongest tool — the force that draws students deeper into learning — is piquing students’ curiosity. In his classroom, Musallam follows three rules: curiosity comes first, embrace the mess, and reflect and revise.

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Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist?

| May 20, 2013 | 28 Comments

Everyday there is less standardization of information, making it nearly impossible to decide what a student should know. Are sticking to content standards still appropriate?

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5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

5 Tools to Help Students Learn How to Learn

| March 20, 2013 | 23 Comments

Helping students learn how to learn: That’s what most educators strive for, and that’s the goal of inquiry learning. That skill transfers to other academic subject areas and even to the workplace where employers have consistently said that they want creative, innovative and adaptive thinkers. Inquiry learning is an integrated approach that includes kinds of […]

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