I was asked by someone starting up a collective blog whether we have a schedule at Inquire Within, with some sort of plan of who will post when.
I told him inquiry doesn’t work that way.
Sometimes Inquire Within goes quiet for a while. and I feel it might be a bit of a struggle to get it going again. Then someone asks the right question (Can I/you post that at IW?) and suddenly it springs back into life with contributions from all over the place. Like now!
Teachers sometimes struggle with inquiry and long for a lesson plan too, something that will guide them in what to do and where to go next.
I tell them inquiry doesn’t work that way.
It’s about listening really carefully to where the learning is at. Hearing what the learners are thinking. And asking the right question at the right time.
Read Shelley Wright‘s post about what she’s learned from being an inquiry teacher. She says, ‘ First, I’ve learned how to struggle. When I taught traditionally, I didn’t feel I could show the struggle, even though it was there under the surface. Learning to struggle has helped me to ask questions, in fact, pursue them, even though I might not like the answer. We need inquiry classrooms because struggle is such a normal part of our lives, and kids need to see it modelled and embraced as something good and life-sustaining. When we stop struggling, we stop growing.’
Is inquiry a struggle for you?