Inquiry-Based Learning involves students guiding their own learning by knowing how to ask the right questions to learn. When this is in a classroom it creates a lot more discussion in the class for each student to build on each other’s learning. In a classroom for Inquiry-Based Learning it can be arranged however allows the students to learn off each other. In the video series I have linked below they sit in a circle for discussions.
I made the decision to research Inquiry-Based Learning because it is how I learn. I enjoy it when I may not know much about a fact, and I am able to research online in order to find the answers. If I am not satisfied with what I come up with I am able to continue looking until I feel like I have the knowledge I set out for!
Teachers should choose this form of learning at least part of the time because when students are in charge of their own learning they retain more. When researching Inquiry-Based Learning I found this great article with steps towards making it easier to use in your classroom, 10 Tips for Launching an Inquiry-Based Classroom by Katrina Schwartz. As it is shown in the video above, it is important as teachers to not feed information down our students throats. We need to teach them how to properly ask questions in order to learn as much as it takes for them to actually retain the knowledge.
I know that in my high school it was set that we were taught the standards set by the state, and we would spit back out onto tests whatever our teacher had just taught us. We then would immediately forget what we were taught in order to make room for the next subject. The first time I had to take a cumulative final I was surprised at how well I did since that was never expected of me before. Though I think my personal want to learn, and pushing myself to do that is what helped me through that.
An example of Inquiry-Based Learning in a classroom can be found at The Teaching Channel where they have a little video series that allows them to explore the idea a little bit in how it works for their classrooms. By making sure the students are truly the one’s in charge of their learning we are allowing them to be more likely to be a learner long after school is over which is a huge advantage. Though the challenge here is there may be students who don’t have the drive to ask as many questions, and learn as much as what is expected for each class.
Though I think mixing in many other kinds of teaching to ensure that all students have a chance to learn the best way for them, and to ensure that they meet what is needed for the standards for each school. In fact, of all the ways to learn everyone will have a way that works best for them. Though, any type of learning that allows a student to get hands on experience is going to be better than one that involves memorizing and forgetting.
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