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What is Inquiry-Based Learning?

Inquiry-based learning is an approach to learning that emphasizes the student's role in the learning process. Rather than the teacher telling students what they need to know, students are encouraged to explore the material, ask questions, and share ideas.

Inquiry-based learning uses different approaches to learning, including small-group discussion and guided learning. Instead of memorizing facts and material, students learn by doing. This allows them to build knowledge through exploration, experience, and discussion.

The 4 Steps of Inquiry-Based Learning

Question: Students develop questions that they are hungry to answer.


Research: Investigate the topic using time in class.


Present: Have students present what they've learned.


Reflect: Ask students to reflect on what worked about the process and what didn't.

What is Project-Based Learning?

Project-Based Learning is a teaching method in which students gain knowledge and skills by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to an authentic, engaging, and complex question, problem, or challenge.​

The 5 Steps of Project-Based Learning

Identify a unique challenge or problem (i.e. driving question).


Investigate the challenge using the inquiry process and apply ideas in the discipline.


Explore the ideas and challenge them through collaborative activities.


Utilize the inquiry process to refine products.


Develop the summative product that addresses the challenge or problem and publicly share it.

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