Inquiry Workshop – Elementary – SMUSD

Inquiry-based teaching is a pedagogical approach that invites students to explore academic content by posing, investigating, and answering questions. This approach puts students’ questions at the center of the curriculum, and places just as much value on the component skills of research as it does on knowledge and understanding of content. – Inquiry Based Teaching

How to Turn Your Class Into an Idea Factory

What can inquiry complicate in the classroom?

Evaluate Inquiry

  • Go to –
  • Choose a lesson/unit that relates to your teaching group
    • Break down what they crafted for questioning  research, discussion, creating and reflection.
    • What standards are being addressed?
    • How is student voice being valued?
    • Do you think the timeline was realistic?
    • How technology used?  How might it have been used differently?
    • Was the student work shared with the community?  If so, how so?  If not, what could have been done to provide a greater audience for the work?

Scaffolding Curiosity

Edutopia – Four Strategies to Spark Curiosity

With a partner – choose one of the project ideas below.  How would you scaffold curiosity for these projects?

What is the role of the teacher in an inquiry driven classroom?

Links on Inquiry Education –



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