Inquiry-based lessons help students explore, reflect

03/20/2013 | KQED.org

A growing number of educators are using the inquiry-learning approach, in which the goal is to help students learn how to learn. A long-term research project in which students select their topic, explore it and finally present their findings is an example of inquiry learning, Katrina Schwartz writes in this blog post that includes five inquiry-learning tools. "We want students thinking about their thinking," said Leslie Maniotes, one of the authors of "Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century," and a teacher-effectiveness coach in the Denver Public Schools. "We want them reflecting on the process and the content."

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