Earlier this fall, we explored the generative patterns that we want to see in classrooms and on campuses where students and teachers are having fun learning together:
No one of them is more important than another; there is no sequence or hierarchy here. And every great teacher will have a personal preference–emphasizing the one works best for students. Like multiple ingredients of a delicious stew, each one contributes to the whole and each one can open possibilities for the others.
For me, inquiry is the heart of the matter. Puzzles, paradoxes, and wonderings make good things happen–whether the learners are five years old or fifty-five. Questions fuel learning.
What does inquiry look and sound like? Glenda Eoyang and Royce Holladay (Human Systems Dynamics Institute) suggest these four ways we can stand in inquiry:
This path is not always easy or safe. It’s much more comfortable to rely on what we know we know. Or what we think we know.
Here are juicy examples of inquiry at work in classrooms across the country:
See, Wonder, Think about Art David Cooper guides students to interpret art (The Teaching Channel)
Literacy in Learning Exchange Resources for faculty teams studying their work as they “remodel” literacy education
By Any Media Necessary Media literacy in action! Henry Jenkins, USC
Maker Movement for Kids This is just one of many links to projects and resources for educators who help students explore their worlds by making/creating/designing.
Inquiry Beats Mastery! Zachary Chase talks about his teaching approach.
Let us know how inquiry shows up in your work? How do you invite students to ask important questions and to look for answers?
Eoyang, G. & Holladay, R. (2013). Adaptive action: Leveraging uncertainty in your organization. California. Stanford University Press.
Patterson, L., Holladay, R., and Eoyang, G. (2013). Radical rules for schools: Adaptive Action for complex change. Circle Pines, MN: Human Systems Dynamics Institute.