Building a Culture of Inquiry
Authentic learning happens when students are free to explore their interests in connection to our curriculum. But in order to discover what interests them, students need to feel empowered to ask questions—especially ones without easy answers. To achieve this, educators can promote a culture of inquiry in their schools.
"When teachers employ inquiry pedagogy, it enables them to step off the 'stage' and create a more equalized learning space," says Erin Conklin, social studies supervisor at Duval County Public Schools in Florida. An authentic culture of inquiry also lets students know that their questions are valued and welcomes them as co-leaders of their own learning.
Explore the resources on this page to hear more from Erin Conklin and other educators about how they've successfully brought a culture of inquiry into their schools and districts, from the library to the classroom.