The benefit of inquiry-based curriculum
Submitted by Discovery Education
By Emy Aultman, 2nd grade teacher from Stringfellow Elementary School in Colquitt County, GA and Ignite My Future in School Learning Leader
More teachers are turning to inquiry-based instruction to ensure students gain and retain skills for success in college and career.
In the second post of our new series, we’re looking at how to use resources from Ignite My Future in School to support inquiry-based practices in the classroom and encourage students to lead their own learning.
What is inquiry-based instruction?
Defined by Edutopia, inquiry-based instruction is a student-centered approach where the instructor guides students through questions posed, methods designed and data interpreted by the students. Through inquiry, students actively discover information to support their investigations.
With many students learning remotely due to COVID-19, inquiry-based instruction is a valuable tool for teaching in a way that’s self-paced and engaging. Students can complete activities individually, or in groups, using inquiry-based strategies to evaluate information and solve problems.
Resources from Ignite My Future
Create curious students.
Inquiry-based practices harness students’ innate curiosity to drive learning forward and help them gain skills for success.
The benefits of creating self-driven learners are clear, and the pandemic’s disruption of “education as usual” has left us with many opportunities to rethink how we teach and engage students. Use this to your advantage by incorporating inquiry-based strategies and activities in your virtual, hybrid or in-person classroom this school year.
To learn more about Ignite My Future in School, please visit ignitemyfutureinschool.org.
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