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Experience Inquiry

5 Powerful Strategies, 50 Practical Experiences
First Edition
By: Kimberly L. Mitchell

Foreword by Kath Murdoch, Author of The Power of Inquiry

This book provides the opportunity to do inquiry as you read about it. Learn what inquiry-based instruction looks like in practice through five key strategies.

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Product Details
  • Grade Level: PreK-12
  • ISBN: 9781544317120
  • Published By: Corwin
  • Series: Corwin Teaching Essentials
  • Year: 2018
  • Page Count: 240
  • Publication date: September 07, 2018

Price: $39.95



"Strategic and deliberate approaches to inquiry have been shown to be extremely helpful to educators who seek to ensure that they are meeting the needs of their students. In this important new book, Kimberly Mitchell provides practical insights and methods for how to incorporate inquiry into their practice. For educators who seek to enhance their effectiveness and make a difference for all of the students they serve, this book will be an invaluable resource and guide."

Pedro A. Noguera, PhD, Distinguished Professor of Education
UCLA Graduate School of Education & Information Studies,
Los Angeles, CA

"Kimberly has translated the latest terminology—pedagogical jargon—into lively language and useful advice that will strike a chord for classroom teachers! She 'gets it.'"

Deborah Meier, Educator & Author
Coalition of Essential Schools

Discover inquiry for yourself with this interactive guide

Plenty of resources speak to the benefits of inquiry, the research behind it, and even subject-specific processes to follow. But that’s not enough. Implementing inquiry is the tricky part, and involves changing beliefs about the teacher and student roles in the classroom. Most critically, we as teachers must engage in inquiry ourselves to successfully implement it in the classroom.

One part practical guide, one part interactive journal, this book provides the opportunity to do inquiry as you read about it. You’ll learn what inquiry-based instruction looks like in practice through five key strategies, all of which can be immediately implemented in any learning environment. This resource offers

  • Practical examples of what inquiry looks like in the classroom, and how to do it
  • Opportunities for reflection throughout the book, including self-surveys, templates, and tools
  • A user-friendly handbook format for quick reference and logical progression through your inquiry journey
  • Fifty practical inquiry experiences that can be used individually, with students, or in small groups of teachers

These strategies and experiences will improve your relationships with students and colleagues, reduce your workload by asking more of students, and breathe joyful curiosity back into your classroom. Let’s get out of our comfort zones and do inquiry-based teaching in a more practical and powerful way! Are you ready?

Key features

This book will provide teachers with:
  • Practical examples of what inquiry looks like in the classroom and how to do it
  • Opportunities for reflection throughout the book, including self-surveys and space to write
  • Easy-to-use handbook format
  • 50 inquiry experiences that can be used individually, with students, or in small groups of teachers


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Kimberly L. Mitchell

Kimberly L. Mitchell teaches at the University of Washington’s College of Education and is co-founder of Inquiry Partners, a professional learning organization dedicated to promoting inquiry-based teaching strategies. She received her BA in History and Philosophy from Skidmore College and her MA in Administration and Policy Analysis from Stanford University. She lives in Seattle, WA with her husband (a middle school teacher) and two children.

Table of Contents

Table of Contents



About the Author


1. What Is Inquiry?

My Own Inquiry Journey

Experience #1: Inquiry Self-Survey

2. Beginning Your Inquiry Journey

How to Use This Book

Tips for Success

What’s the Role of Administration?

The Inquiry Leader Self-Reflection Tool

Staff Reflection Survey

The Importance of Balance and Harmony

3. Taking Stock of Your Classroom

Experience #2: How Do You Know If You’re “Doing” Inquiry?

Experience #3: What Do Your Students Think?

Experience #4: What Do Others See in Your Classroom?

Experience #5: What’s the Student Experience?

Experience #6: What Does All This Tell You?

4. What Does Inquiry Look Like?

The Inquiry Five Strategies

Experience #7: What Are Your Burning Questions About Inquiry?

Experience #8: Who, When, and How Should You Answer Questions?

Experience #9: How Can Questions Be Savored?

Experience #10: What Does Your “Ideal” Class Look Like?

5. Strategy #1: Get Personal

Introduction to Get Personal

Experience #11: Mad-Libs: Who Are You?

Experience #12: Who Were Your Teachers?

Experience #13: What Stories Can You Tell?

Experience #14: How Do You Tell a Story That Sticks to the Soul?

Experience #15: What Does Your Classroom Say About You?

Experience #16: Why Do You Teach?

Experience #17: What Is the Third Space?

Experience #18: Ask Me Anything!

6. Strategy #2: Stay Curious

Introduction to Stay Curious

Experience #19: What’s Your Expertise?

Experience #20: What Still Intrigues You?

Experience #21: Who Are Your Teachers Today?

Experience #22: Are You a Luddite or Linkedin?

Experience #23: What Do You Teach?

Experience #24: What Would Your Curriculum of Questions Look Like?

Experience #25: What’s Your Teaching Approach?

Experience #26: How Do You Respond to Students?

7. Strategy #3: Ask More, Talk Less

Introduction to Ask More, Talk Less

Experience #27: What’s Really Happening in Your Classroom?

Experience #28: Who Is Hiding in Plain Sight?

Experience #29: What Questions Are You Asking?

Experience #30: How Do You Teach With Your Mouth Shut?

Experience #31: How Do You Get Students to Listen to One Another?

Experience #32: How Do You Get Students to Talk Together?

Experience #33: What Are Socratic Seminars, Harkness, and Spider Web Discussions?

Experience #34: Which Questions Work Best in Inquiry Classrooms?

8. Strategy #4: Encourage Evidence

Introduction to Encourage Evidence

Experience #35: What’s the Most Important Question to Ask?

Experience #36: How Do You Get Your Students to Back Up Their Claims?

Experience #37: How Do You Teach “Crap Detection”?

Experience #38: How Do You Provoke Healthy Debates?

Experience #39: How Can You Practice the Evidence-Seeking Process?

9. Strategy #5: Extend Thinking Time

Introduction to Extend Thinking Time

Experience #40: How Do You Get Students to Think More?

Experience #41: How Can You Get Students to Ask More Questions?

Experience #42: How Do You Cede Control Without Losing It Completely?

Experience #43: How Do Inquiry and Mindfulness Connect?

Experience #44: How Can You Support Innovative Student Thinking?

Experience #45: How Do You Start Project-Based, Problem-Based, and Challenge-Based Learning?

10. Now What?

Experience #46: How Do You Plan for Inquiry?

Experience #47: How Do You Assess Inquiry?

Experience #48: How Do You Make Time for Inquiry?

Experience #49: How Do You Explain Inquiry to Skeptics?

Experience #50: What Does Inquiry Look Like to You?

11. Inquiry Resources

Kimberly’s Top Ten Lists

Inquiry Books

Inquiry Videos and Podcasts

Inquiry Organizations

Inquiry Blogs


More Reasons to Fall in Love With Inquiry: the Inquiry Five (i5) and Alignment Documents

The i5 and Common Core State Standards

The i5 and Next Gen Science Standards

The i5 and Danielson Teaching Framework

The i5 and Marzano Framework

The i5 and Approaches to Teaching and Learning (International Baccalaureate)

The i5 and High Leverage Practice (TeachingWorks, University of Michigan)

Curriculum at-a-Glance (Southern Hemisphere)





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