Tuesday, August 11, 2020

The Wicked Problem of Inquiry Curriculum

 It's been a journey to say the least. 

I've had the pleasure of working with a fantastic team at the Museum School over the past few years. As an XQ Super School, we are trying to re-imagine high school. Quite the wicked problem. 

One facet of that problem is curriculum development. Our model in a nutshell is place based education using design thinking in a museum context. That means project based learning and loads of student inquiry. 

As I couldn't help but think that Warren Berger and I must have sat down and had a beer together before (I resonated with nearly every point he makes in A More Beautiful Question), I decided to run with the topic of inquiry curriculum this summer. Needless to say, I have more questions now then when I started. 

I made an Adobe Spark (first time! fun time!) overview of my process. 

What if curriculum was built on questions?

Some tangible next steps include:
-Advocating for a big question (curriculum theme), driving question (curriculum module/project), and essential (content level) question format with my staff. 
-Change focus from all the teacher inquiry I've been doing, to building (digital) classroom culture for student inquiry. 
-Review and brainstorm project level driving questions and hone into the best questions. 

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