This collection of strategies and lessons are bundled together to help educators who are interested in attempting inquiry-driven research and need some direction for the logistics, or are hoping to improve how they facilitate the process for deeper learning. The grade levels intended for these resources vary from 7-12 grade. CraftED’s strategies included are intended to be used across projects and classes (meaning they are not content specific). Lessons included in this bundle are interdisciplinary and although specify individual standards and content areas, they can be used in any class where inquiry- driven research may be used as a vehicle for student learning.
Underlying these resources are the following beliefs:
1) Students will remain more engaged when they are driven to answer their own questions related to content.
2) To sustain inquiry, an effective question must be at the root of student learning
3) The teacher is an active facilitator of this process
4) To ensure deeper learning rigor must be upheld through structures and ongoing, various forms of assessment
Suggested Implementation Sequence:
1. Strategy: PQH2
Begin the inquiry-driven process by asking students to identify a problem, question and hypothesis for what they think they may learn as a result of their research process. This is an excellent foundation for students to return to throughout the research process to document and reflect upon their learning.
2. Lesson: high quality questions
As part of the PQH2 strategy, students will need to identify an effective question- use this robust lesson to help facilitate this process.
3. Research road map
Students will need a way to plan out their inquiry-driven research journey. Use the steps and student handout provided in this strategy to help students develop ownership and management over their learning through this research process. This tool can also be used to elicit reflection and document learning.
4. Goal Setting
To further develop student agency now is a good time to discuss goals and time management in the research process. Use this strategy in tandem with CraftED’s Research Road Map, specifically to help students complete step 6 (“ultimate goal”) of the graphic organizer.
5. Lesson: data collection in the field
As students are using the road map strategy and thinking through where they may want to collect data, use this lesson to help them think about places outside of the classroom. This lesson will expose students to several types of data collection in the real-world, that will help them consider the best fit for their specific topic and question.
6. Strategy: Infographic
As students continue through the inquiry-driven process it is helpful to have an external purpose for their learning. A final product that showcases what they have learned, such as an infographic, will create an authentic audience and also serve as a conceptual framework for distilling all the information they have collected throughout this process.
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