Motivation and Authentic Inquiry

  • Teacher… Why are we learning about this?”
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With questioning and wonder comes a desire to make sense of the world, often spotlighting the limits of our understanding. In this workshop, teachers will discuss the role of questioning and the ‘why’ behind students’ peaks and troughs in motivation. Participants will explore the Inquiry Catalysts and how to use them in their setting. Teachers will explore strategies for fostering curiosity, independence, and intrinsic motivation through inquiry-based approaches.

Learning Outcomes:

  • Unpack the role of choice and agency in K-5 classrooms:
    Participants will delve into the significance of choice and agency in fostering student engagement and ownership of learning. By examining research-backed theories and practical examples, educators will explore how providing opportunities for students to make meaningful choices empowers them to take ownership of their learning journey. Through interactive discussions and case studies, participants will identify strategies to cultivate a classroom culture that promotes student agency and autonomy, leading to increased motivation and investment in learning outcomes.

  • Explore the reasons behind changes in student motivation:
    Educators will investigate the multifaceted nature of student motivation and the factors that influence fluctuations in motivation levels over time. By analyzing theories of motivation and considering diverse classroom scenarios, participants will gain insights into the complex interplay of internal and external factors that shape student motivation. Through reflective exercises and peer discussions, educators will develop a deeper understanding of how to recognize and respond effectively to changes in student motivation, ultimately fostering a supportive learning environment where all students feel motivated and empowered to succeed.

  • Strategies to bring authentic Inquiry into your setting:
    Participants will explore practical strategies and instructional approaches for integrating authentic inquiry into their classroom settings. Drawing on research-based principles and best practices, educators will learn how to design and implement inquiry-driven learning experiences that promote critical thinking, problem-solving, and deep understanding across diverse subject areas. Through hands-on activities and collaborative planning sessions, participants will develop inquiry-based lesson plans and projects tailored to the unique needs and interests of their students. By embracing authentic inquiry as a central pedagogical approach, educators will create dynamic learning environments that foster curiosity, creativity, and a lifelong love of learning.