6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom

6 Strategies For Creating An Inquiry-Driven Classroom

by Irena Nayfeld, TeachThought PD Inquiry Workshop Facilitator

Teachers of young children juggle a lot.

There is literacy, math, science, social and emotional development, learning standards, the needs of each child, materials to make activities engaging, safe, and educational…the list goes on. More and more, researchers are finding that Habits of Mind and ‘21 Century Skills‘ such as curiosity, persistence, collaboration, growth mindset, critical thinking, and creativity are malleable and, when fostered, improve learning across all academic domains.

Curiosity is a powerful catalyst for learning. Young children want to understand the world around them, and naturally reveal their interests by asking questions – sometimes even too many questions! As educators, we may feel pressure to keep going with our intended lesson plan or to get to our ‘point.’

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