How do inquiry & voice and choice connect?

Inquiry and Voice and Choice Infographic

By themselves, inquiry and student voice and choice are powerful teaching tools.  However when we combine them, we get something even better.  When we give students a voice and choice in the inquiries they explore, they become more engaged with their learning.  The learning becomes more relevant and valuable to their lives.  We can help students ignite (or re-ignite) their curiosity and wonder about their world by designing instruction around their interests and concerns.  In fact, these relevant authentic experiences help students transfer their learning to their life outside of school, the ultimate goal of education.

Why are we starting with these two concepts?

Over the next few weeks, we'll be diving into the different elements of interdisciplinary instruction, including questioning, investigations, and more.  Inquiry-based practices and student voice and choice are at the heart of all the elements.  As you join us for this journey, you may ask yourselves:

  • How can I bring inquiry-based practices to what I've just learned? 
  • How can I include my students' voices and provide choice to what I've just learned? 

From wherever you are, we are glad to be on this journey with you.  And remember - it's all about progress, not perfection.