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Guided Inquiry

...what to do when researching.

We will ask Essential Questions which:

  1. Are interesting to you. Choose something you are interested in.

  2. Are open to research. You must dig for answers which are focused and appropriate to the topic.

  3. Are questions you don't know the answer to.

  4. Are answered in more than one way, depending on experience. No simple yes/no. “Why,” not “what”. 

  5. Are focused. They allow us to be productive in research; think of the funnel. Not too big, not too small.

  6. Are reasonable. Get credible info on the topic.

  7. Have no premise. Don’t ask in a way which leads to one certain conclusion.

    • ​​“Why do we only use 3% of our brain?” “Why does money destroy lives?” “How did the Bulls win the tournament without Jordan?” "What are the positive effects of libraries?" — all these questions imply something and narrow the answer.

  8. Use well-defined terms. Don’t use “recent” or “nowadays” or "good" or "cool" without defining them.

  9. Lead to new questions. Good inquiry never completely ends.