Inquiry-Based learning, what is it? Here is a fun video that gives you a little bit of a better understanding of what inquiry based learning is and what it can do for your classroom Inquiry-Based Learning.
Inquiry based learning is something that I have a little bit of knowledge on but definitely could use more to completely understand and use. After research I feel as if I have a good understanding of what it is and what it entails. Inquiry-based learning is a great concept as of my recent research and I am glad that I really have a full grasp of what it is and how I can use it in my future classroom.
So the question is what is inquiry-based learning? As I was researching this question I came across a great site that explained it very will Defined. It states that inquiry-based learning is first started with a questions and seeking information from each student. Students carry on the process of inquiry from the time they are born until they die. It never goes away and it gets students and adults thinking and gets them creative in there learning. Inquiry-based learning is extremely important, it gets students diving into there own curiosities. You want your students to be engaged and really enjoy learning what you have for them. That is exactly what inquiry-based learning does for students, keeps them engaged an actively learning.
When looking at inquiry-based learning you may think what would this look like in my classroom or in any classroom. Well those were my thoughts as well and I really dove into what it would look like. While researching and looking I found a really great blog that has a lot to offer about this topic Edutopia. It really talks about how it is all about triggering your students interests and topic they want to discover. This process can be very challenging getting your students to really dive into and you as a teacher triggering the interests of your students. One of the biggest things I have found that teachers need to do is stay positive and always, always encourage your students to go farther in the interest they are having. When doing this approach with your students, it is important to keep the environment comfortable to learn in and something that can also help trigger interests for your students.
What are the advantages of inquiry-based learning? This site gives many great advantages of inquiry-based learning Advantages. It gives a great example of the environment of your classroom. For example it states that you can split your room up into sections and whatever triggers the interests of some students can also trigger others so give them there own little area and just have little stations for the students. You can find so many advantages of inquiry-based learning, but until you research it for yourself you will never know if it will work for you. I encourage everyone to research it and see what it is all about and if they could see themselves using it in there future classroom.
Three Expert teachers to follow on twitter:
- Lisa Dabbs: @teachingwithsoul
- Lisa Palmieri: @Learn21Tech
- Steven W. Anderson: @web20classroom
One Blog to follow that discusses Inquiry-Based Learning: