This blog came to life, six years ago, with an invitation to inquiry teachers to ‘inquire within’ if they were interested in sharing their reflections on inquiry learning in this collaborative space.
At first there was interest and growth, but then it began to slow down, as the contributors were busy with other blogs, with teaching and learning, with their families and with their lives.
A few years later, a new invitation was issued: I’d like to revive this blog before its complete demise. ‘Is it possible? If not, it’s time to close the door…’
Inquire Within took another breath and burst back to life with contributions from educators in more than a dozen countries on 6 continents, over a period of several years… and then began to languish…
Without the time to nudge, cajole and bully people into sharing their writing here, it seemed to be time to let the door slide quietly closed on its own.
But Dale has opened it again today with an exciting example of a writing inquiry! Before we give up and close the door completely on the life of Inquire Within, I am issuing a challenge to every single contributor (and any other inquirers!) to share another post at Inquire Within.
We can’t let that happen Edna! I’m always sharing this most thought-provoking inquiry blog with new colleagues, or colleagues in new positions. The recent post about classroom spaces was just what a friend needed to get her thinking started. I myself feel very stilted when I try to gather my thoughts but I do so enjoy your contributors.
It would be such a shame to close the door on this blog! We are about to start a brand new IB elective module for our second year ITE students and I guide them to this blog throughout the course. The students will be learning about inquiry-based learning through inquiry so hopefully by the end of the module they will have some blog posts of their own to share here!
This is the BEST blog out there on best educational practices! So, so many educators read it regularly and find inspiration and food for thought from it. I always share this blog with new faculty and in different workshops and for so many it’s a real PYP treasure trove! I hope the door continues to stay wide open.