Monday: Hhhhmm? Inquiry based learning? Let’s see…I remember now. I attended a professional development where one of the sessions provided an overview. There is something about students working in groups to develop a joint project. And, I remember it seemed like it had a lot of different pieces. Student-centered is at the core. But, how is that different? What’s the ‘inquiry’ part all about? Ha! Irony.
Tuesday: IBL seems chaotic. We are activating some prior knowledge, providing background information, defining an outcome that could involve technology, reading, teamwork, and project management. How do I assess all of this? How do I manage the classroom as students work in groups and accomplish tasks at varying times?
Wednesday: IBL is “dynamic,” “fluid”, “multi-faceted” Sounds great! What’s the catch? Why isn’t every teacher using it?
Thursday: It’s like the scientific method. The circle of inquiry mirrors the steps of the scientific process during an investigation. It’s a lot like the scientific method, except let’s add opportunities for reflection and general group discussion. This may be where I can monitor progress (assess.)