The 8Ws of Inquiry

The 8Ws of Inquiry
Wiggling Explore and explain
Evaluate
Often the toughest phase for students
Provide scaffolding
Skim and Scan
Provide guides and other tools
Provide systematic approaches
to avoid info overload
Review progress to ensure
important questions are being
answered
Webbing Explore
Search
Locate, select
Create a search strategy
Connect ideas to information
Address individual differences
Address and use different types of information
Wondering Engage and
Explore
Question
Brainstorm
Connect prior knowledge
Graphic organisers
Narrow your topic
Watching Engage and Explore
Observe
Become in tune with the world
looking for action, looking for change
View, listen, read, journal
Share your thoughts
Explore
Waving Explain and
Elaborate
Communicate
Develop waves to gain the
attention of the audience
Find ways to draw attention, convey ideas
present, publish and share
Service learning
Expert sharing
Collaborative projects
Online publishing
Join a contest or event
Weaving Explain
Synthesise
apply, analyse, synthesise
the information
process the information
concept maps, graphic
organisers, create models
new questions may emerge
Cite sources, avoid plagiarism
Wishing Evaluate
assess
evaluate and reflect
Stop
Breathe; think
Reflect and express desires for the future
Task
Prerequisites
Explore with students questions
about each step of the process
Rubrics are good tools for this
Task
Prerequisites
Could your project be ongoing?
Wrapping Explain and Elaborate
Create
What product or approach will
best communicate my vision to
othere
Select a product to develop
Start with your audience
Provide templates, prompts,
starters, guidelines
provide examples, models
Critical and creative thinking is required
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