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Developing an inquiry-based classroom engages students’ attention and promotes deeper learning of the content.  A few inquiry-based classroom basics, based on resources from the Great Books Foundation, are listed below. For more detailed information, please visit:  https://www.greatbooks.org/emu/student-and-teacher-behaviors-in-the-inquiry-based-classroom/

Inquiry-Based Classroom Basics

Classroom Culture
Students:

  • Develop their own ideas before the teacher gives a “right” answer.
  • Say what they think because it is a safe environment.
  • Students speak and listen respectfully to one another. 

Critical thinking Skills
Students:

  • Develop strong ideas about the meaning of what they read.
  •  Offer evidence from the text to support their ideas.
  •  Respond to each other, rather than only to the teacher.

Participation and Engagement
Students:

  • Students participate willingly in the activity.
  • Students participate are interested and engaged in the process.