Authors: Bruce M. Shore, Ph.D., Mark Wesley Aulls, Ed.D., Diana Tabatabai, Ph.D., Juss Kaur Magon, D.Phil.
Product Code: 9879
ISBN: 9781618219879
Pages: 176
Availability: In stock.

I Is for Inquiry takes a unique approach to helping teachers in the elementary grades create lessons and sustain inquiry in their classrooms. This colorful, illustrated alphabet book explores 26 (including X and Z) key ideas and skills in inquiry-based teaching and learning, such as collaboration, dialogue, evidence, hypothesis, and scaffolding. Each short chapter:

  • Summarizes one inquiry element that can be built into students’ experiences.
  • Uses straightforward language and examples.
  • Includes a classroom vignette and suggestions for using the concept.
  • Shares selected references and related Internet-based resources.
  • Helps teachers build self-confidence about teaching through inquiry.

This book will serve as a familiar and fun resource for busy teachers at any point in their careers. Using the inquiry vocabulary and repertoire of concepts, teachers can build curriculum and share ideas with colleagues, making inquiry in the classroom as approachable as ABC!


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Review by: John Hattie, Emeritus Laureate Professor, Melbourne Graduate School of Education - May 10, 2021

Creating a collaborative inquiry class is not easy—students need to be well prepared in their knowledge to then generate a sense of curiosity and wonder, teachers have to move from talkers to listeners, and there are the key Who, What, When, Where, Why, and How questions. This book has 26 action-packed directions to make inquiry work, to know it worked, and to move beyond the "knowing that" to the "knowing how." You can hear the authors inquiring, you can see the collaboration in their writing, and it is privilege to listen in to their wisdom and practicality. This book is a necessity for teachers to effectively enact collaborative inquiry.

Review by: Joseph Renzulli, University of Connecticut - December 4, 2020
I strongly recommend this great new book on the teaching thinking skills by Bruce Shore and a number of colleagues. It includes dozens of very practical and easy-to-implement ideas developed by teachers who have many years of classroom experience.
Review by: James Cox, Midwest Book Review - July 22, 2020
Expertly written and thoroughly 'user friendly' in organization and presentation, "I Is for Inquiry" is an especially and unreservedly recommended addition to professional, school district, college, and university library Elementary School Teacher Education instructional references and supplemental curriculum reading lists.

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