Category Archive: inquiry

Inquiry Minilessons: Beyond the Fundamentals of Writing Workshop


There are many ways to teach a minilesson effectively. Many people think inquiry minilessons are stickier than demonstrations since kids “discover” things on their own. As a result, learning stays with kids longer since they’ve come to the learning on their own.

Let’s Talk About Methods for Conferring


When I was a new teacher, I learned from Lucy Calkins that there are basically four overall methods to choose from when planning instruction: 1) demonstration, 2) coaching, 3) inquiry, and 4) telling/explaining. This four-method framework is useful for thinking about conferring.

Setting Goals With Students


Once we teach students about goals and the importance of them in our lives, we can use the accompanying language in all aspects of their, and our own, learning.