(15 ISBE Clock 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.

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  • Credit Type: ISBE Clock Hours

  • Credits: 15 ISBE Clock Hours

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Course Objectives & What You Will Learn in this Course:

What You Will Learn
  • 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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Course Guiding Question:

Course Guiding Questions

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

Very helpful course!

I took this course to assist me in planning a long-term science unit. I loved the way it was presented, and the resources were fantastic! I recommended it to the rest of my department. Would definitely recommend this for any teacher who wants to challenge his/her students to think critically with an inquiry model.

-7th Grade Teacher

 15 ISBE Clock Hours

At the conclusion of this course, you will earn 15 ISBE clock hours, including a signed ISBE certificate.

Continuing Education hours through Northeastern Illinois University (NEIU) are offered as ISBE clock hours and indicated as continuing education clock hours on a University provided certificate. Although offered in partnership with NEIU, they do not result in graduate- level or academic credit and cannot be used toward a degree program. These courses are primarily intended for recertification or re-licensure and continuing education for teachers in the state of Illinois.

Northeastern Illinois University is regionally accredited by the Higher Learning Commission. It is recognized as an approved provider of ISBE clock hours by the state of Illinois.

Course Sections

Topics Covered and General Course Outline

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
Professional Development Course Resources

Helpful Resources & Templates Included With the Course
The course comes with 20 templates, tools, and graphic organizers ready to be used in your classroom!
These Include:

  • Bloom’s Taxonomy Guide to Writing Questions
  • Effectiveness Rubric
  • Guiding Questions Worksheet
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Outline-SAMPLE 1
  • Inquiry Path Worksheet-SAMPLE 1
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Template-SAMPLE
  • Root Cause Weekly Behavior Tracker
  • Classroom Procedures Plan
  • Guiding Activities Worksheet
  • Guiding Questions Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Outline-SAMPLE 2
  • Inquiry Path Worksheet-SAMPLE 2
  • KWL Chart
  • Webb’s Depth of Knowledge Guide
  • Classroom Procedures Plan-SAMPLE
  • GuidingActivities Worksheet-SAMPLE
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Outline
  • Inquiry Path Worksheet
  • Inquiry-Based Lesson Plan Template
  • Root Cause Daily Behavior Tracker
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  • Register for full access to the course for 1 full year
  • Get started immediately, work at your own pace, and earn 15 ISBE clock hours once complete
  • Once your course is complete you will receive a completed ISBE certificate from NEIU

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