Inquiry-based models of instruction are nothing short of educational miracles; promoting deeper thinking, higher engagement, cognitive flexibility, collaboration, and problem-solving. This approach to learning emphasizes process over product, celebrates the background knowledge students already own, and makes room for a variety of assessments in order to demonstrate mastery.
Students engaged in well-designed PBL are more intrinsically motivated, more apt to take risks in their learning and engage more readily in self-assessment. For a deep dive into what elements are necessary for successful project-based learning experiences, please click on my interactive pdf below.
The non-linear path of Design Thinking is what first drew me to this inquiry model as a means of more engaging instruction, promoting out-of-the-box thinking, and collaborative problem-solving in my classrooms. Since I first began researching this model, I have come to use it with professional development I facilitate as well for its emphasis on empathy, brainstorming, and constant reflection. Please click on the Thinglink logo below for my insights into the Design Thinking process.