203: A Simple Way to Start Inquiry In Your Classroom

What’s holding you back from using inquiry in your classroom?

A lot of teachers tell me that inquiry is too hard for their students, so I want to tell you a story about my class to show you how open-ended inquiry is and why it can work for students at all different levels. 

This quick story will also give you some ideas on how to introduce inquiry to your classroom and how to get things started. 

You might think your students aren’t ready for inquiry, but I think this episode will help you to see that they are. 

What’s more, inquiry-based learning will get your students more invested in their work than ever before. How? You’ll have to listen to the episode to find out!

In Today’s Episode We Discuss: A Simple Way to Start Inquiry In Your Classroom

  • Giving students a say in what and how they are learning
  • Letting your students take the lead 
  • Playing to your student’s likes and dislikes 
  • How to guide your students without taking over 
  • Using inquiry-based activities to cover multiple subjects 
  • Being a facilitator versus a planner 
  • Putting your students in the driver’s seat 
  • Why students will be more invested in a project they design

Next time you have a project to do with your students, don’t plan it. Pick a couple of expectations that you want them to demonstrate, and hand the ownership over to them. Your students will be more involved and you will have less planning to do. It’s a win-win. 

If you want to make inquiry in your classroom even easier, check out my inquiry units from grades 3-6 at www.madlylearning.com/store. If you like the fact that inquiry-based learning takes some of the work off your plate, then you will love these ready-to-go units. 


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Other Episodes You’ll Enjoy:

202: How to Manage a Difficult Classroom

201: How to Assess Reading

200: Ask Me Anything


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