What is Inquiry?
Inquiry is a way of teaching (a "pedagogy") that gets students to do most of the question-asking and answer-seeking. The role of the teacher is to design and guide experiences (and an environment) that encourage student discussion, collaboration, and critical thinking.
Inquiry teaching is as old as Socrates, but its practice is fairly limited in today's K-12 classrooms. There are many reasons for this, but times are changing. More and more teachers are realizing that not only is inquiry a more effective, evidence-based way to build 21st C learning skills, inquiry also puts the cognitive demand and learning responsibility back on students, where it belongs. Most importantly, it builds strong emotional bonds and breathes joyful curiosity into classrooms. Inquiry rocks!