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Facilitation plans for inquiry learning
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Facilitation plans for inquiry learning

Josh, one of Lisa Nyberg's students at Brattain Elementary School in Springfield, Oregon, has an idea that takes an inquiry in a new direction.
Nyberg's class tries Josh's idea and observes the results.

There are several reasons that a "facilitation plan" is more appropriate for inquiry learning than a traditional lesson plan. A facilitation plan provides the general direction that will allow both individual learners and the total class to achieve the set goals, without a lock-step method for every individual. It provides direction but does not specify the "one path" and thus provides for individual creativity and responsibility.

An appropriate facilitation plan allows the facilitator (you) to plan ahead and prepare for the many challenges and pitfalls that might turn up along the learning path. Keep in mind that the focus of inquiry learning is on "how we come to know" and the attributes essential to make this happen. The facilitator will set the learners' expectations and will need to help the learner constantly focus on developing these attributes. Remember that inquiry learning has a definite focus and should not be viewed as learners simply doing what they want to do. There is structure to inquiry learning, and the facilitator and his/her facilitation plan must ensure that it is in place.


Workshop: Inquiry-based Learning
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