The Guided Inquiry Design®  Inquiry Tools

Guided Inquiry Design is a complete instructional design model featuring the GId process framework and the Inquiry Tools.

Complete and regular use of the GId Inquiry Tools ensures that all students are engaged in the most productive thinking and tasks during each phase of the inquiry process.

The tools are simple in form, yet complex in net result.  

GId Inquiry Tools
      • increase student talk and critical thinking,
      • include writing with a purpose and for self reflection,
      • leverage collaboration for resource sharing, ideation, and creation,
      • use charts to visualize and support decision making,
      • teach the importance of maintaining working bibliography throughout the research process
      • Place a strong value on personal learning in concert with a community

 

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The Inquiry Tools are a core component of Guided Inquiry Design.
The Inquiry Tools are embedded in the process at opportune times to support student learning at each step of the way. (See below for when the tools are used in the GId process)

 

OPEN

JOURNAL
COMMUNITY

 

 

IMMERSE

JOURNAL
COMMUNITY
CIRCLES

 

 

EXPLORE

JOURNAL
LOG
CIRCLES

 

 

IDENTIFY

JOURNAL
LOG
CHART

 

 

GATHER

JOURNAL
LOG
CIRCLES

 

 

 

CREATE

JOURNAL
LOG
CIRCLES
CHART

 

 

SHARE

JOURNAL
COMMUNITY
CIRCLES

 

 

EVALUATE

JOURNAL

 

 

Tools as a Feedback Loop of Formative Assessments – Student artifacts from the Inquiry Tools also provide timely formative assessment data to those facilitating the GId process.  

Student artifacts are used to drive critical instructional decision making “on the run” in the fluid and flexible GId process.  Critical decisions for success of inquiry such as, how long to stay in Explore, when to support the Identify phase, and so on, are grounded in observations of students and the concrete feedback loop provided by the Inquiry Tools.