The first step in successful inquiry-based learning is to get students to develop questions they want answers to.
We want our students to ask and answer higher-order thinking questions.
As teachers, we all know how important critical thinking is, but sometimes it feels like an abstract concept to teach. Developing critical thinkers in the classroom is essential to creating a classroom full of excited and motivated learners. Critical thinkers don’t just think clearly or rationally; they use skillful analyzing, assessing, and reconstructing to make decisions every day.
When we develop critical thinkers, this happens seamlessly. Linda Elder, “Critical thinking is self-guided, self-disciplined thinking which attempts to reason at the highest level of quality in a fair-minded way.
In a student-centered classroom, students rely more on their peers for answers to their questions than on the teacher.
One activity I like to use in my classroom is a mystery game.
When thinking of questions to ask, it’s helpful to take a look at Bloom’s Taxonomy.
Student-centered learning environments promote critical thinking skills by requiring students to reflect metacognitively.
The whole group discussion at the end of the lesson is very powerful and an excellent way to get students collaborating.
We want our students to be interested in what they’re learning.