Inquiry-Based Learning: Using Inquiry as a Teaching Strategy

(8 Hours) The process of learning through inquiry strengthens critical thinking and everyday life skills in students and is an important component of classroom instruction. Participants of this course explore the strategies involved in planning and executing inquiry-based lesson plans. The components of an inquiry-led lesson will be outlined and discussed, and participants will learn to develop and plan an inquiry-led lesson.


  • Price: $30.00
  • Credit Type: Professional Development
  • Credits: 8 PD Hours
  • 20 High-Quality Resources Provided With The Course

Learn The Benefits & Key Components of Building an Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan

Learn What Effective Inquiry-Based Learning Looks Like in the Classroom


Learn How to Plan & Inquiry-Based Lesson Using Our Provided Inquiry Lesson Planning Tools

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What You Will Learn In The Course:

This training will provide specific strategies and steps needed to develop and effectively administer lessons that focus on student engagement and discovery-based learning. By the end of the course you will have built your own inquiry-based lesson plan, ready to be used in your own classroom. This includes:

  • The benefits of using inquiry-based learning at any grade level
  • The critical components of a successful inquiry-based lesson plan
  • What an inquiry-based lesson looks like in a classroom
  • How to design your own inquiry-based lesson plan

Course Guiding Question:

What is Inquiry-Based Learning, and how can I implement it into my own classroom?

Professional Development Credits:

At the conclusion of the course, you will receive a certificate for 8 Professional Development Hours (Clock Hours, CPEs, CEUs).

Model Teaching and Action Potential Learning Professional Development Courses are pre-approved in the following states:

  • Texas: TEA CPE# 902-391, under parent company Action Potential Learning, LLC
  • Montana: Office of Public Instruction (OPI) approved
  • New York State: CTLE# 23730

If you are a teacher in a different state and wish to use our Professional Development Courses for teacher license renewal, please view our PD STATE REQUIREMENTS PAGE to learn more about your state’s requirements.

Also, consider taking our UNIVERSITY-PARTNERED, ACADEMIC CREDIT COURSES to earn regionally-accredited units or credits, accepted by most states.


Wendy Lipe, Co-Instructor

B.S. Interdisciplinary Studies 
Southwest Texas State University

Experience & Credentials:
Over 8 Years of Teaching Experience
Current Elementary-Level Teacher
ESL State Certified (Texas), TAG Certified
Experience with Students with Learning Disabilities

Monique Carlisle, Co-Instructor

B.S. Education
Applied Learning & Development
University of Texas at Austin

Experience & Credentials:
Over 11 Years of Teaching Experience
Former Elementary-Level Teacher
Montessori Certification
G/T Student Performance & Curriculum Trained
Experience with Students with Learning Disabilites

Course Sections:

Section 1 – What Is Inquiry?

  • The meaning of inquiry-based instructional strategy
  • The rationale behind using the inquiry-based strategy in the classroom

Section 2 – Teacher & Student Roles

  • The role of the teacher in an inquiry-based classroom
  • The role of the student in an inquiry-based classroom

Section 3 – A Classroom Snapshot of Inquiry-Based Learning

  • What an inquiry-based lesson looks like in an actual elementary school classroom

Section 4 – Developing a Lesson Plan

  • Learn the components of an inquiry-based lesson
  • Develop an inquiry-based lesson outline

Section 5 – Developing Rigorous Questions

  • Review the six levels of questions on Bloom’s Taxonomy
    Use Bloom’s Taxonomy to create questions at various cognitive thinking skill levels for your lesson

Section 6 – Developing Guiding Activities

  • Review the four levels of activities from Webb’s Depth of Knowledge
  • Use Webb’s Depth of Knowledge to design activities at various levels of complexity for your lesson