EDGE-UCATOR DAY
Inquiry: An Approach to Project-Based Learning
December 8, 2016
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Inquiry is at the heart of teaching and learning at UCLA Lab School. It’s infused into all parts of our curriculum — from science to social studies to literacy to math. Our inquiry process:

  • builds on student interest and curiosity, with teachers encouraging students’ ideas and questions
  • promotes 21st Century skills — creativity, collaboration, critical thinking and communication
  • offers authentic learning experiences
  • engages students in investigating real world questions and problems
  • is interdisciplinary
  • helps students develop the habits of mind of lifelong learners

Teachers guide inquiry with in-depth planning and assessment. They start by establishing clear learning goals aligned with state and national standards — such as the Common Core Standards, Next Generation Science Standards, C3 Social Studies Framework and ISTE (International Society for Technology in Education) Standards.

With goals in mind, they create a rich learning environment that incorporates relevant resources and materials. They continuously evaluate their instruction and children’s work, and they use this information to ensure the learning goals are met.