Inquiring into Essential Questions gives teaching and learning purposeful, meaningful and "big picture" focus for learning details and ideas. It engages higher mental and emotional capacities at a time when "high stakes" testing trivializes students' thinking and learning.

  1. Teaching for Understanding
  2. Problem Based Learning -- With Web Quests, Service Learning, and other inquiry/essential question approaches
  3. QUESTING the WEB: Web Quests As Essential Questions -- Using Web Quests as an inquiry strategy involves teams and whole classes in investigating Essential Questions. Literally hundreds of Web Quests available from this site!
  4. Asking the Essential Questions: Curriculum Development -- An Essential Schools working paper
  5. Essential Questions, Grades K-5
  6. Writing Essential Questions
  7. Using Graphic Organizers
  8. GENERATING ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS -- Teachers and students who generate essential questions about the content to be learned, provide an important framework for their learning activities.
  9. SOCRATIC SEMINARS -- Better than Socrates, and great for encouraging questioning habits of mind.
  10. Empowering Students: Essential Schools' Missing Link -- Overcoming students' resistance to taking more responsibility for their learning.
  11. Inquiry Based Learning -- Showing variety of sites and sources on essential question and problem based learning
  12. THE INVISIBLE SCHOOL -- Originators of the "Dialogue Game." Schools become invisible when they engage students with real-life problems. "The trouble with school is that it kept getting in the way of my education." --Mark Twain
  13. Questioning Toolkit- A comprehensive set of strategies for asking essential questions; gives examples of the types of questions students can ask.
  14. Essential Questions: Helping Readers Focus
  16. First Hand Learning, Inc.- Promotes inquiry teaching, learning from direct experience, and closer links between cultural institutions and schools.
  17. Foundations for Inquiry Book- A monograph for professionals in science, mathematics, and technology education.
  18. Institute for Inquiry- Provides workshops, programs, on-line support, and an intellectual community of practice which afford science reform educators a deep and rich experience of how inquiry learning looks and feels.
  19. Learning Paths- Research and teacher's resources on learning and teaching styles, learning strategies, learner autonomy, metacognition, motivation, with particular reference to language learning but with ample opportunities for cross-curricular work.
  20. Learning Strategies Database Home Page- Computerized version of information on learning strategies compiled by personnel of the PLUS Program and Center for Advancement of Learning(CAL) at Muskingum College over a ten-year period. The strategies information derives from a number of sources, including books, professional journals, and presentations from professional meetings.
  21. takes a close look at inquiry in a second grade science class.
  22. The Inquiry Page- A resource allowing educators to share curriculum units and reflections on those units.
  23. What I Learned in School- It's more broadly constructivist (on getting inside kids' heads) and less focused on inquiry per se.)
  24. Center for Inquiry- A school centered around inquiry.
  25. Educating as Inquiry: A Teacher / Action Research Site- Offers relevant research-based articles.
  26. Framing Essential Questions- A framework for developing essential questions for student research.
  27. inQuiry Attic- Inquiry based-lessons.
  28. Inquiry-Based Learning and Teaching- Offers teaching tools, strategies, realities.
  29. Supporting a Study Programme- Using Repertory Grid interviewing, to measure the student's knowledge and direct the student to the priority areas for learning, to accompany the student in the enrichment of their understanding, giving instant feedback on the growth in their comprehension.
  30. The Inquiry Page- A resource allowing educators to share curriculum units and reflections on those units.
  31. The Seattle Partnership for Inquiry-Based Science- Valerie Logan Hood reports on the Seattle Partnership for Inquiry-Based Science, a collaboration with scientists to bring hands-on inquiry-based science learning to students in Seattle's Public Schools.
  32. The Socratic Method- Teaching by asking instead of by telling.

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