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Gold Standard PBL - Sustained Inquiry
Round Table Discussion
1. What does the word sustained mean in the context of sustained inquiry?
2. Are students naturally prone to sustained inquiry or is it something we as teachers have to tease out of them?
3. In your experience, what occasions or activities cause students to ask the most questions?
Action and Assessment
Take a few moments to evaluate a PBL (your own or a colleagues). What parts of the project design encourage students to continuously develop, ask, and explore new questions about the topic?
If your project lacks activities that stimulate inquiry in students, consider tying in some of the following elements:
- An entry event that provokes questions
- A scheduled activity or process for generating student questions (example: "need to know" brainstorm)
- Activities for finding and evaluating sources of information to answer questions
- Mini-lessons, workshops, note-taking guides related to the topic
- Provides additional resources and experiences to generate deeper questions: guest speakers, video conference calls, field trips, additional entry event type activities relate to the topic
- Scheduled time to reflect on the answers they find, and apply their new knowledge to project tasks