What do we mean by inquiry?
Participants will build a shared understanding of inquiry based learning through the exploration of current educational research and group discussion.
What do good inquiry teachers do?
A study of strategies implemented by good inquiry teachers with examples of how these could be used in daily practice. Participants will deepen their understanding of key strategies such as flexible learning environments, effective questioning and developing curiosity and wonder before generating ideas of how these could be implemented in their own classrooms/schools.
Participants will evaluate the strengths and limitations of a range of inquiry processes/models including Kath Murdoch’s inquiry cycle and the Design Thinking Process.
Effective differentiation in inquiry
Traditional methods of streaming and grouping can limit the quality of inquiry. Participants will be introduced to three key models of differentiation that promote inquiry and that can be adapted to any curriculum area to ensure all learners are supported and extended to achieve their maximum potential. This will include the use of enablers and extenders, developing SCE questions and the use of the gradual release model.
The critical role of the teacher in the inquiry classroom
For effective inquiry, teachers need to be more than just ‘facilitators’. Participants will explore the most effective teaching strategies through consideration of the lesson structure, multiple teacher roles and use of ICT.
Play as an approach to inquiry from K-12
Play offers children the opportunity to have experiences that can enhance empathy, enthusiasm and understanding. Participants will explore case studies that demonstrate the effectiveness of play as a tool for inquiry at any age.