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Inquiry-Based Learning

Rather than delivering information to students, Inquiry-Based Learning pushes students to explore and interpret. Hands-on tasks, such as projects, creative problem-solving, and games, allow each student to gain unique benefits from the same activity.


Learning through exploration

Can be independent or collaborative

Problem-based and project-based learning


Low-Floor, High Ceiling

Builds “math muscles”: concepts, application, problem-solving

Social-Emotional Learning


Challenging to plan, facilitate, and assess

Tough to align to standards – each student learns something different

The most complex of the three bridges, Inquiry-Based Learning is also the most rewarding. When students engage in rigorous, collaborative learning, they are able to transfer and apply their understanding across content areas and outside of school settings.

Bring Inquiry-Based Learning to Your Classroom

Inquiry-based learning requires a high level of specialized teacher expertise. IBL requires that teachers take planning to a new level, as textbooks rarely provide sufficient resources for true inquiry-based lessons. Teachers must also be adept at facilitative teaching and comfortable evaluating student work that has multiple correct answers.

Our resources include graphic organizers and lesson plans that take the guesswork out of inquiry-based lesson planning. We also provide professional development that shows teachers how to turn any standard into an inquiry-based lesson.

Our rubrics and facilitation guides help to ensure that once you have planned your inquiry-based lessons, you are prepared to conduct them effectively. Our advanced workshops help teachers develop strategies for effectively assessing inquiry-based learning, with objective frameworks for measuring process, product, and presentation.

I’m so excited that someone has finally figured out how to make differentiated instruction work in a real classroom. I can’t wait to put my students to work on these activities!

Sharon B

Math Teacher, Waldwick, NJ