The Inquiry 5 Video Series

Watch five key inquiry strategies in action. Peek into real classrooms to see teachers integrate each strategy and use our workshop modules to facilitate discussions, spark new ideas, and encourage implementation. Each module is designed for use in one-hour PLCs, staff and parent or community meetings. We have an elementary and middle school series (ages 5-12; multiple subjects) and a high school series (ages 12-18, multiple subjects). 

Yes! The i5 strategies are aligned & mapped to the Danielson Teaching Framework, the Common Core State Standards Mathematical Practice, and the Common Core State Standards ELA & Literacy.


What Are the Inquiry Five?

Workshop #1: Get Personal How can we reinforce and strengthen emotional bonds with and among students and with the lesson content?  

  • Storytelling
  • Connecting
  • Provoking

Workshop #2: Ask More: Talk Less When and how can we offer students more opportunities to discuss and think aloud in pairs, small or large groups? 

  • Student-to-Student Talk
  • Asking Great Questions
  • Helping Students to Ask Great Questions

Workshop #3: Encourage Evidence How and when will students be asked to cite sources and back up their claims? How and when can we, as teachers, share our own evidence? 

  • Acknowledging Personal Experiences
  • Citing & Analyzing Sources
  • The Google Generation

Workshop #4: Stay Curious How will we react to student conjectures and ideas so that our reactions increase students' willingness to take intellectual risks? How do we model a sense of wonder (esp. when we've taught this subject for so long)?

  • Asking More Questions
  • Enlisting the Classroom
  • Neutral Reactions

Workshop #5: Extend Thinking Time How can we offer students time to stop, reflect and think through difficult questions and problems? 

  • Reflection & Wait Time
  • Mindfulness
  • Movement

The i5 Series also includes the following supporting documents and resources:

  • Video clips of teachers enacting each of these strategies in real classrooms
  • i5 Student Survey Questions
  • Planning for Inquiry Guide
  • Inquiry Lesson Observation Tool
  • i5 Student Inquiry Observation Tool
  • Inquiry Resources and Research Base