Here is a brief summary/interpretation of my understanding of inquiry circles. For a more complete picture, please refer to the book, Inquiry Circles in Action (2009). Hopefully, I will be able to use a form of these circles in my classroom this year.
There are four models of inquiries: mini, curricular, literature circle, and open. It seems the open inquiry is seen as ideal. Also, there is a list of 27 lessons in comprehension, collaboration and inquiry that are used generically during these inquiry circles.
Here is a quick rundown of the lessons:
Of the four types, mini-inquiries is probably the way to start, as it can last from 15 minutes to about five hours. The model is still similar with the other three as well.
STAGE 1: IMMERSE
Source: Inquiry Circles in Action, Harvey & Daniels, 2009
Daniel H. Lee
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