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