Reading List

Here are a few great reads to get you started on the path to an inquiry driven classroom


Building School 2.0: How to Create the Schools We Need

Chris Lehmann, Zac Chase - 2015 - Education - Limited preview

Ninety-five propositions for creating more relevant, more caring schools There is a growing desire to reexamine education and learning. Educators use the phrase "school 2.0" to think about what schools will look like in the future....


Authentic Learning in the Digital Age: Engaging Students Through Inquiry

Larissa Pahomov - 2014 - Education - Limited preview

How can you create an authentic learning environment—one where students ask questions, do research, and explore subjects that fascinate them—in today’s standards-driven atmosphere? Author Larissa Pahomov offers insightful answers based on her experience as a classroom teacher at the Science Leadership Academy...


Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms: How to Promote and Sustain Deep Learning‎

Wendy L. Ostroff - 2016 - Education - Limited preview

Curiosity comes from within—we just have to know how to unleash it. We learn by engaging and exploring, asking questions and testing out answers. Yet our classrooms are not always places where such curiosity is encouraged and supported.  Cultivating Curiosity in K–12 Classrooms describes how teachers can create a structured, student-centered environment that allows for openness and surprise, where inquiry guides authentic learning...


Make Just One Change: Teach Students to Ask Their Own Questions

Dan Rothstein, Luz Santana Harvard Education Press, 2011 - 176 pages

Make Just One Change not only makes the case for the importance of teaching students how to ask their own questions, it also provides a clear step-by-step process for teaching a sophisticated thinking skill to all learners. Its simplicity belies the significance of its approach for teaching students to actually think for themselves. 

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The Curious Classroom: 10 Structures for Teaching With Student-directed Inquiry

Harvey Daniels  Heinemann, 2017 - Education - 232 pages

Curious about inquiry? Hundreds of thousands of elementary teachers are. Smokey Daniels travels the country supporting well planned and organized inquiry teaching, and he gets these two questions most often:

  • Where do I find the time?

  • What are some simple ways I can try with my kids?

The Curious Classroom answers these questions. It shares a ladder of 10 inquiry structures. Begin with briefly modeling your own curiosity or start on a higher rung as you gradually move toward units driven by kids' own questions....


Deeper Learning: How Eight Innovative Public Schools Are Transforming ...‎

Monica Martinez, Dennis McGrath - 2014 - Education - Limited preview

Studies suggest that up to half of high school dropouts leave school because their classes are boring or irrelevant to their lives and aspirations. Yet the majority of U.S. schools continue their attempts to engage some 50 million students ...


Thinking Through Project-Based Learning: Guiding Deeper Inquiry‎

Jane Krauss, Suzie Boss - 2013 - Education - Limited preview

Everything you need to know to lead effective and engaging project-based learning! This timely and practical book shows how to implement academically-rich classroom projects that teach the all-important skill of inquiry ...

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A Year of Inquiry: A Collection for Elementary Educators‎

Linda Froschauer - 2012 - Education - No preview available

If you've been clamoring for help to understand and then apply inquiry within your K - 5 classroom, this book is the time-saving resource you need. It provides guidance on ways to move your students toward doing science and away from lectures ...

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A More Beautiful Question: The Power of Inquiry to Spark Breakthrough Ideas‎

Warren Berger - 2014 - Business & Economics - Limited preview

It may be the most underappreciated tool at our disposal, one we learn to use well in infancy-and then abandon as we grow older. Critical to learning, innovation, success, even to happiness-yet often discouraged in our schools and workplaces-can unlock new business opportunities and reinvent industries, spark creative insights at many levels, and provide a transformative new outlook on life. It is the ability to question-and to do so deeply, imaginatively, and "beautifully.”... 



What School Could Be

by Ted Dintersmith 

Innovation expert Ted Dintersmith took an unprecedented trip across America, visiting all fifty states in a single school year. He originally set out to raise awareness about the urgent need to reimagine education to prepare students for a world marked by innovation--but America's teachers one-upped him. All across the country, he met teachers in ordinary settings doing extraordinary things, creating innovative classrooms where children learn deeply and joyously as they gain purpose, agency, essential skillsets and mindsets, and real knowledge. Together, these new ways of teaching and learning offer a vision of what school could be―and a model for transforming schools throughout the United States and beyond. 

Experience Inquiry: 5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences

by Kimberly L. Mitchel

One part practical guide, one part interactive journal, this book provides the opportunity to do inquiry as you read about it. You’ll learn what inquiry-based instruction looks like in practice through five key strategies, all of which can be immediately implemented in any learning environment. This resource offers:

  • Practical examples of what inquiry looks like in the classroom, and how to do it

  • Opportunities for reflection throughout the book, including self-surveys, templates, and tools

  • A user-friendly handbook format for quick reference and logical progression through your inquiry journey