Friday, 28 April 2017
On Inquiry Learning
Why do Inquiry?
Because the skills of inquiry - questioning, investigating and analysing for a specific purpose - are empowering. Inquiry motivates children by allowing them to own their learning. It is when children are at the helm that they are engaged and more inclined to become life-long learners. The Inquiry philosophy recognises that children are wells to drawn from and not cups to be filled.
“Don’t be encumbered by history. Go off and do something wonderful.”
This term we will start Genius Hour, an Inquiry that allows children the freedom to explore an area of interest that is not ‘googleable’. It will require risk taking and an acceptance that ‘failing fast’ is critical in the road to success.
Robert Noyce first developed the microchip. To do this he had to be prepared to be a pioneer, and to go out on a limb. He had to be prepared to view his mistakes as critical steps that got him ever closer to his goal. His example, in part, has inspired the development of ‘Genius Hour’.
During the holidays, I was fortunate to attend a seminar by Anthony Speranzagh who spoke about this type of enriched learning experience. For those who are curious, feel free to copy this bitly : bit.ly/speranzagh