Inquiry in a Science classroom

I’ve taken a deep deep dive into inquiry-based learning this year with my Year 7, 8 and 9 Science classes. Although I’ve used it in the past, I’ve never gone to the extent of actually planning entire units around a single fertile question1, a phrased used to describe a question of inquiry that drives an entire unit of learning. Now, I will be the first to admit that Science is by far one of the easiest subjects to use inquiry-based learning as Science is by nature inquisitive. So then I suppose that trying my hand at full-on inquiry-based learning in my Science subject would be a great benefit to helping me grow as a teacher.

I will use the remainder of this blog post to describe the process and what I have discovered so far. It should be known that I am still developing a plan that maximizes learning within my classroom, so anyone attempting to adapt this method themselves takes it upon themselves as a risk.

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