The Teacher Tip

Available Models for Inquiry Work

June 13, 2017

Adapted from The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching with Student-Directed Inquiry by Harvey “Smokey” Daniels


There is a fast-developing world of structures, tools, and materials that support inquiry teaching. The Buck Institute’s Project-Based Learning continues to offer the field useful publications, events, and models (2016). Expeditionary Learning (now called ELS) has grown quickly in recent years, but maintained its principle of helping kids “have wonderful ideas” (2015). Responsive Classroom offers high-quality support for the collaboration and climate that inquiry classrooms require (2016). Our own research group has specialized in student-driven, rather than teacher-planned, inquiry units (Harvey and Daniels 2015; Daniels and Ahmed 2015; Daniels and Steineke 2014).


Good News: We now have plenty of tools and supports for inquiry teaching.


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