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Engage Students Through Inquiry Learning

Students need to do more than answer questions. They need to know how to ask them and how to find credible answers. Students are inherently curious, and when they ask the questions in the learning process, they are instantly more invested, motivated, empowered, and engaged.

In this collection, we’ll introduce you to the ANSWERS inquiry process. By utilizing the strategies embedded in this process, you can get your students to think critically, ask higher-order questions, and effectively search for and find answers. This process is flexible and can be adapted for any subject area and used for both quick inquiries that are part of a short lesson as well as for more complex and longer inquiry projects. The process has students begin by asking questions, and it concludes with students sharing their learning with others in creative ways. Our first article will introduce the process, and then we’ll follow up with articles that take a deeper dive into each of the seven steps.

 

Share Your Learning With Others: Step 7 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

Learn how to help students prepare and share the product of their learning as part of the ANSWERS inquiry process.

Tips 25 min 3-12

Review, Reflect, and Revise: Step 6 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

Learn how to help students review, reflect, and revise both the process and product of their inquiry learning during the ANSWERS inquiry process.

Tips 25 min 3-12

Elaborate and Express Your Learning: Step 5 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

Learn how to help students analyze, synthesize, interpret, and communicate the results of their inquiry during the fifth step in the ANSWERS inquiry process.

Tips 25 min 3-12

Weave the Information Together: Step 4 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

Learn how to help students apply critical thinking, note-taking, and organizational skills as they weave information together during the fourth step in the ANSWERS inquiry process.

Tips 25 min 3-12

Search and Seek Credible Information: Step 3 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

Learn how to help students search for relevant and credible information as they complete the third step in the ANSWERS inquiry process.

Tips 25 min 3-12

Note the Possibilities for Inquiry Learning: Step 2 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

Learn more about the second step in the ANSWERS inquiry process to help students explore possibilities and develop their research plan.

Tips 20 min 3-12

Spark Curiosity and Ask Questions for Inquiry Learning: Step 1 of the Searching for ANSWERS Inquiry Process

The first step in the inquiry learning process is to spark student curiosity and guide them to generate their own questions.

Tips 20 min K-12

Engage Students by Cultivating Their Curiosity

Leverage inquiry learning to engage students during remote and hybrid learning.

Tips 20 min K-12