Genius Project Inquiry

23 Aug

The topic of inquiry is still very much on our minds. Maybe it’s because it’s so pervasive in our curriculum. Maybe it’s because we are looking at our back to school long range planning. Maybe it’s because we are in line to read the follow up to IQ called THINQ for grades 4 to 6. Most likely it’s the last one as we hate waiting!!

We often utilize Genius Projects in our classroom to help students explore areas of personal interest. We are also thinking of adding a Makerspace this year for some STEAM activities as a further source of personal inquiry. Wait – back to the original inquiry topic!  We also need that THINQ book because one of us, in particular, has a short attention span. Anyway, as Genius Projects are personal inquiry projects we decided it would be beneficial to add in a more formal inquiry organizer. This is also for us, as when we reflected on the process, we realized we didn’t really have our students adequately make connections and reflect on their own learning. To this end, we utilized the format in OPHEA’s inquiry process to help shape our organizer. (Check out their full resource here: http://teachingtools.ophea.net/supplements/inquiry-based-learning) We have seen these same questions/format in other documents but wanted it in our genius project docs. Since no one else would make that for us we ended up making our own.

As per usual, we decided that we might as well share.

To download the file:

Genius Project Organizer Brownlee and Belanger

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