Inquiry can and should be a central feature of instruction in all classes and content areas at all grade levels.
There are many reasons and benefits to inquiry instruction. Student engagement and critical thinking may be the two most critical positive outcomes. The goal of this post, though, is not to convince people to teach by inquiry. The goal is to garner some responses from readers and fellow collaborators.
Here is my question:
What are the common threads in inquiry?
For teachers who teach by inquiry methods, what should we all have in common?
Imagine a hypothetical school system; one that holds inquiry as a primary focus and goal of instruction from Kindergarten through high school graduation (even beyond into college). What should students be experiencing consistently as they progress through such a school system? What common facets would they experience year after year?