Inquiry-Based Learning is a systematic teaching method that engages students in learning knowledge and skills through an extended inquiry process structured around complex, authentic questions and carefully designed products and tasks (Buck Institute).   The following criteria are included during the design process of creating a project-based experience. 

  1. Authenticity
  2. Academic Rigor
  3. Applied Learning
  4. Active Exploration
  5. Adult Connections
  6. Assessment Practices

Each project is driven by an explicit set of outcomes that include key content, skills, and habits of mind that students are expected to learn.  The projects that are designed during the inquiry-based model are the central framework from where teaching and learning of the core concepts are included. 

"Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand."
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