HOW DOES INQUIRY SUPPORT DIFFERENTIATION?
Inquiry allows us to provide open-ended experiences and investigations that enable students to enter at their own readiness levels. Reading, writing, speaking, listening, viewing, and presenting, are enhanced through inquiry learning. Teachers guide the learning and provide support as needed.
Inquiry-based learning is centred around students’ interests and questions. Engagement is high and students are motivated to explore, problem-solve, and use critical thinking as they work through the inquiry process.
With inquiry all students are engaged in interesting, authentic learning experiences where they can build on prior knowledge and understandings.
Assessment for learning
Teachers have many opportunities to gather evidence of student understandings, knowledge and needs when students are working on an inquiry. Through observation and conversation teachers ask open-ended questions to clarify and extend thinking.