Invitation to inquiry
This is where we are introduced to a general inquiry topic.
At this stage our key objectives are to open our minds and stimulate curiosity and inspiration.
- Engage in conversation with classmates and educators
- talk about your ideas – this is necessary to get your thinking going.
- Pose questions for discussion and exploration.
- Think about the overall content of the inquiry
- Are you able to highlight the key concepts within the inquiry topic?
- Connect the inquiry topic to what you already know from your own knowledge and experience
- Identify the meanings of and group key words, concepts and ideas.
- Listen to and attempt to understand multiple perspectives.
- What is the purpose of the inquiry topic?
- What are the key words and ideas in the topic?
- What do I already know about the topic?
- How can I rephrase the inquiry topic in my own words?
- How is the inquiry topic related to my learning?
- Ask the 6 W’s: What, When, Where, Which, Who and Why?
- What are you thinking our next steps might be?
Bubbl.us – Brainstorming and mind-mapping
Lino – Sticky notes – good for brainstorming
Mindmeister – Online mind mapping software
Youtube – Videos that can be used as a stimulus to engage students in the inquiry process
Spiderscribe – Online mind-mapping and brainstorming tool
TED-Ed – Education talks/videos that can be used as an engaging stimulus for discussion and further thought