Inquiry: so much more than a buzzword

Engaging students interest by offering content and experiences that are relevant and meaningful is not really a new concept, at least in theory. But what if we took that relevant, meaningful content and approached it from the students perspective… choosing to have our pedagogy and our teaching actually directed by the learners themselves? This is the sort of stuff which freaks teachers out…

However, research is showing time and again, that if we want children to learn what we are teaching, we need them to engage in wondering about the material, making connections with what they already know, and be able to see how this new content is relevant to their lives in the real world. Sparking their interest, and guiding them to ask their own questions, form their own hypothesis, and seek their own solutions is the hallmark of inquiry guided education.

Here is an educator who seems to be getting it right, in my opinion:

This is the kind of education I get excited about:


In our busy and hectic lifestyles, sometimes we fail to make the time to get out doors and appreciate the natural splendour of the world beyond the pavement. Including out door experiences as part of our children’s daily education program is one way we can ensure that young people do not grow up with out exploring and interacting with the natural world.

This article takes that ideal to heart and just a few steps further off down the forest path…Waldkindergärten: the forest nurseries where children learn in Nature’s classroom Click to view article