Engaged Learning Starts Here
Inquiry Partners is a global organization dedicated to increasing critical thinking, communication, and problem-solving skills through powerful inquiry-based professional development coaching and videos for teachers and trainers.
Our most popular offering provides your school with a complete series of five carefully-designed online workshops that integrate reflection and planning exercises, discussion texts, action-based research suggestions interspersed with powerful videos of classrooms (elementary, middle and high school) implementing each strategy.SEPTEMBER 2014: Click here to pre-order (contact info taken in)
The i5 Complete Workshop Series includes five one-hour experiences that can be viewed individually or facilitated by school leaders, coaches, or through Professional Learning Communities (PLC's):
1) Get Personal
- Relevance reflection exercise
- Video demos of storytelling, visual and text provocations and questioning techniques
- Integrating the community landscape analysis
- Unit planning tool
2) Ask More; Talk Less
- Bloom’s Taxonomy and Webb’s Depth of Knowledge primer
- Video demos of Turn & Talk; group discussions; powerful questions
- Lesson planning tool
- Observation data collection tool (teacher vs. student talk)
3) Encourage Evidence
- Information Sources reflective exercise
- Video demos of evidentiary responses and teacher source citing
- Information source analysis
- Balanced Perspectives tool
4) Stay Neutral
- Research text discussion
- Video demos of redirecting techniques
- Real-time assessments
- Observation data collection tool (teacher responses)
5) Increase Thinking Time
- Lesson simulation with “timed” wait time
- Video demos and discussion questions
- Observation protocol (timing wait time and mapping student participation)
6) Further Reading/Exploration
SEPTEMBER 2014: Click here to pre-order (contact info taken in)
- A curated list of websites, research and other sources that focus on engaging students in 21st C learning
Professional Development For TeachersDo your teachers need to experience inquiry, not just talk about it? We come to your school community to demonstrate all five strategies. We start with an interactive inquiry lesson and discussion with staff, followed by a day of demonstrating lessons in classrooms with your students participating and your teachers observing. We will leave each participant with a reminder of the strategies to keep in their classroom. Please click here to reserve this two-day experience and receive a quote.
Parent & Community Common Core (or IB) Road ShowHow well does your parent community and community at large understand the Common Core, International Baccalaureate and/or the philosophy behind inquiry teaching and what this means for their students? Do they know what kinds of instructional shifts are implied with new assessments and recommended 21st C learning skills? If not, we can help! We will come and facilitate an interactive 75-minute workshop to address these questions. Starting with a simulated inquiry lesson, we engage parents and community in an instructional conversation showcasing powerful instructional strategies that reinforce critical thinking, communication and problem solving skills. Please click here to make a reservation and to receive a quote.
Virtual Coaching PackageFor those who purchase the i5 Complete Workshop Series but want extra support in designing, executing and trouble-shooting implementation. We will use Skype to talk you through any and all issues that arise at your school or PLC. Please click here to arrange days/times with an Inquiry Partners consultant.
Inquiry: What Does It Look Like? video (upon request)Produced in 2006, this popular video showcases two full-length trans-disciplinary inquiry lessons (a 1/2 split classroom and a 5th grade classroom). Created with PYP IB candidate schools in mind, this video focuses on the IB Learner Profile and helps school leaders and teachers observe methods for facilitating rich, full-class discussions. Sections that analyze each strategy and offer PLC questions for deeper discussion are also included. Please click here for more information.
Move from compliant to curious classrooms
Give students the freedom to be wrong
Renew relationships in the classroom
Answers Divide Us. Questions Unite Us.
Create safe environments for discussion
Align instruction to the Common Core and IB
Engage students in deeper understanding
Build stronger relationships in the classroom
Strengthen 21st Century Learning Skills
Ignite students’ natural curiosity
Tell stories that allow the students to relate. If it's important to you then it's important to your class. Make a connection.
Ask great questions, talk less and listen more. Let the students struggle to figure things out.
Encourage more discussion by using a neutral reaction. Students will take more risks when they are not judged.
Students learn to back up their evidence and ideas with sources.
Offer students more time to think before answering a question. Wait for the best answers!