It has been one year since I introduced Independent Inquiry to my class. These learning opportunities are unstructured, semi-supervised, and totally learner-directed. Students utilize the inquiry processes and skills they have practiced to pursue their own interests and passions. It is not only an essential element in an inquiry classroom, many would say it is synonymous with ‘life’.
Although the format and tools have changed over the past year, the philosophy has remained the same:
Unify learning at school, learning at home, and learning anywhere, anytime.
Empower learners to engage in and reflect on their own inquiry processes.
Encourage interest- and passion-driven learning.
Integrate peers, parents, communities, and global networks into the inquiry process.
I recently reflected on the project in the post, The Evolution of Independent Inquiry.
How to you foster independent inquiry in your classroom?