Teaching inquiry skills

I have thought a lot about “how we teach.” What message are we giving students? Without a doubt I want them to have inquiring minds on what matters to them. So how do you teach it and when do you start?

I think inquiry skills  taught from a very young age, even before they begin formal education is a good thing.  The how part, I believe is centered on the scientific method.  It starts with observing. When a child is taught to observe what will follow is the asking questions. One will know when a child is engaged if they are asking questions. This will lead to creating hypothesis and eventually testing the hypothesis.  Inquiry is the basis of all subjects.

Why is this relevant? When a  student is able to understand that what he/she learns, will in long run help him make his life useful and purposeful.

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