Inquiry is the answer, what are the questions?
This quick task was assigned to a group of teachers at a recent workshop on inclusion, highlighting how a simple, open-ended provocation can provoke curiosity, allow access for learners with diverse learning needs and simultaneously assess knowledge and understanding.
Many of the questions, based on a view of inquiry as a stance, were evidence of our strong beliefs about inquiry learning…
- How can we make learning successful for all?
- What is it called when we learn by questioning and investigating?
- How might we ensure child centred learning?
- How can we encourage students to take responsibility for their learning?
- How do children learn best?
- What approach to learning is most inclusive?
- How can we make learning engaging?
- What approach to learning fosters learner agency?
- How do we open doors to collaboration, construction of new knowledge and development of skills?
- What type of school learning emulates real life learning?
- What helps us to learn about the world around us?
- What encourages us to become life long learners?
- What helps us to construct meaning?
- How can I move forward in my learning?
- What can help me discover my interests and passions?
- How do children become knowledgable, contributing citizens of the world?
and my favourite, addressed to adults who all learned in a more traditional, direct way:
- What was missing in your education?
What would your questions be?