Inquire the Fire


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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11 thoughts on “Inquire the Fire

  1. Courtney,
    Great post! I think you did a really great job discussing the topic you research and couldn’t help but to think about my own learning approach. I think asking questions is a great way of learning and better yet if the students are the ones asking the questions. This is such a great method for them to actually retain the information and allows the teacher to know what the students are confused about or what information they are wanting to learn more about.


  2. Courtney, this is the topic I chose too, and I loved it! I can see students really enjoying taking more of a part in their learning, and I think students learning from each other can be really beneficial too. I also think this method teaches students to be lifelong learners as well. Like you said, different methods should be used in the classroom to make sure everyone gets an equal opportunity!


  3. Courtney, you found great information on inquiry based learning! I really like how you discussed as a teacher our job is to teach students how to ask the correct questions, so they will be able to get the information they need and retain the knowledge. After reading your blog I will be looking more into this method and seeing how I can use it in my future classroom.


  4. Courtney,
    I myself have experienced a fair amount of inquiry based learning and I think that it is a pretty effective way to teach. Some of my teachers throughout middle school and high school did a great job of taking what we already knew and building upon that prior information to help us learn the new material. Instead of just presenting new information without any background or real world connections, this approach allowed us to have a more well-rounded understanding of the topic and helped me to retain much more of the information. I think this is a great method to use in the classroom!


  5. I honestly couldn’t tell you what material was on a test, but I can tell you amazing lectures and discussions I’ve grown from! Asking correct questions is something that students also need to be taught; something educators forget about.


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