It's important to use an inquiry lesson because that way the students aren't just waiting for the teacher for instructions or answers. Students are actively seeking solutions, asking questions, and performing investigations.They learn to think and problem solve. They also learn that there is no one resource for answers. And that many tools are used for solving problems. Students make observations, collect information, and analyze it. They synthesize and they can draw conclusions. And this leads them to further down the road situations that students will encounter both at school and at work.
Learning goes much deeper through inquiry. At the same time, the teacher must help students make connections in order for the learning to be most powerful.
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Inquiry lessons empower students to create their own questions and to research solutions independently. Given tools to investigate open ended science lessons, students take ownership in the lesson and develop thinking skills that are driven by a purpose to know more. As a result, they have a better understanding and knowledge about available resources. The teacher then becomes another resource that is available to guide and monitor as needed