What does inquiry look like?

The first question in last night’s #pypchat on Twitter  brought a wonderful range of answers from educators across five continents…

What does inquiry look/sound/feel like?

Vibrant, alive, expect the unexpected. – Jane

Kids engaged, talking, creating, observing, collaborating.- Linda

Students taking existing knowledge to a higher level. Busy, chaotic, exciting. – Chris

Collaboration, energy, hands on, thinking out loud, curiosity. – Annette

Inquiry feels challenging and complex – there is no easy answer. – Pogo

Inquiry is more about asking good questions than coming up with the answers. – Maggie

Doesn’t look centralised (not about the teacher), feels purposeful, sounds active. – Steve

Synapses firing, minds crackling, people leaning in. – Dean

Puzzled looks and aha moments. – Nathan

Teachers learning alongside students. – Tanja

I asked the same question of some articulate 11-12 year old learners this week…

We start off being puzzled and gradually develop understanding as we inquire. – Taylor

Although we are one class, everyone has their own way of learning. – Gabi

Inquiry makes your mind bigger and you want to explore more. – Jaye

We’re encouraged to ask questions, we have choices and we get really involved in our learning. – Tommy

If everyone was doing the same thing, we couldn’t learn from each other. – Sam

We’re not given sheets, we’re given possibilities. – Noa

It’s easy for us to describe inquiry because we live it. Does it sound like chaos to those who don’t?

About whatedsaid

Teaching and Learning Coordinator at an IB PYP school in Melbourne, Australia. I'm a teacher, a learner, an inquirer...
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5 Responses to What does inquiry look like?

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  2. Maria Ding says:

    Inquiry is coming up with various answers to the same question and choosing the best possible/workable answer. Inquiry prepares you for real life situations-Ding


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