As we all know, ‘inquiry’ is a very large topic… We hear it almost daily in our education. I haven’t quite picked a specific area of inquiry that I’m interested in researching, so as of right now, I’ve been reading a small textbook named LAUNCH (Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring Out The Maker in Every Student), by John Spencer and A.J Juliani, to see their take on it.
I’ve underlined a few quotes they mention in the book that resonated with me:
“Because ultimately, we believe that you have the power to inspire kids and create a ripple effect that last for years to come.” (p.14)
“What if instead of taking that piece of artwork created in second grade home to Mom and Dad to put on the fridge, we took our students to a nursing home and had them share their art with our elders?” (p.27). In other words, Make it WORTHWHILE and MEANINGFUL to your students.
“But understand this: Every time your students get the chance to be authors, filmmakers, scientists, artist, and engineers, you are planting the seeds for a future you could have never imagined on your own.” (p.30)
These are just a few things that popped out at me in the first few pages of the book. There’s a wealth of information that’s very useful and motivating! In one area they describe how technology is a huge part of our society today and we see students using it all the time. So, when you see a student who spends hours watching videos on their phones, why not teach them to create youtube videos and start their own Youtube channel? Or, when you see students who log in hours playing video games, why not challenge them to create their own video game?
Here is a link if you’re interested in buying the text: