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I’m really loving inquiry learning. As Edna Sackson has pointed out, I’m on my own inquiry journey. Perhaps because I’m new to it, I find it really is full of surprises – maybe it’ll always be full of surprises by its very nature. This is a positive spin on a journey that is fraught with uncertainties because inquiry is that – keep asking questions though there are no guarantees the line of inquiry will lead to expected destination.
The uncertainties sometimes shout at me like the sign above – “Wrong way, go back“. My experience with inquiry learning, however, is that once on it, I literally “can’t chuck a u-ey”; the only way is to keep going onward; there is no going back.
This is powerful stuff for me. I am realising that as I learn, I keep moving forward – there is no reverting back. Inquiry as a process is just that – it may branch off to who-knows-where and may seem to lead back to the beginning but the journey itself transforms the traveller.
There is no “wrong way, go back“. There’s still, stop, go, look, listen, turn left, turn right but there is no chuck a u-ey.
Inquiry as a process transforms the learner. In this case, the learner is me, the teacher.
thanks for your contribution. i feel like this too. the last comment you made is what good inquiring teachers do. Inquiry brings a tension that makes us feel uncomfortable sometimes however the connections that both you and your students make through inquiry learning are wonderful. no u turn for me either.
I like your comment that “there are no guarantees the line of inquiry will lead to expected destination”. There is an inherent tension in that the more we follow lines of inquiry, the less we will find predictable outcomes. This a problem for school as it has come to be done – pouring in, rather than listening.
and I think this is why it sometimes feels like ramming into “wrong way, go back” – the expectations of defining and meeting defined outcomes!
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