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Learning by questioning, exploration and discovery as opposed to memorization and drill.
Annotated bibliography of web sites, books and articles for your further investigation.
In the conversation of knowledge-creation, students must be prompted to ready themselves for constructive participation.
One teacher's experience with the galvanizing effect upon his class when students are allowed to choose their own problem-solving inquiry topic.
A concise description of how an "inquiry" course can be organized, with a unique culminating presentation format.
Letting students choose how they will pursue course material can motivate them. Learning contracts clarify and document from the outset what that pursuit will look like.
How two teachers build flexibility into their own classroom behavior and syllabus, allowing for thinking-on-the-fly and instructionally relevant tangents.
Inspire independent thought by connecting characteristics of historical thinkers to students' own lives.
Give students practice assessing the quality of a question before deciding whether or how to answer it.
Students do not arrive on campus knowing how to make good use of information sources. Here are some ideas on how to get them started.
A popular format for giving students practice grappling with problems that are realistically "messy."
Giving students language to describe the kind of thinking done around them is the first stem toward equipping them as independent thinkers.