Getting students to ask questions is the objective of a pilot program which encourages teachers to use “inquiry” techniques in their classrooms.
Boyle County teachers are using techniques which involve asking a big questions and having students complete tasks and analyze resources while finding an answer on their own.
â€śMost of the questions that are asked come from the teacher, and it may involve questions that students donâ€™t really care about,â€ť said Ryan New, a social studies teacher at Boyle County High School â€śThe question is how do we get students to be able to ask their own questions in class?â€ť
â€śInquiry teaching is a process, rather than content-oriented. It is conceptual instead of factual in emphasis. It is student-centered, not teacher centered. It is active, not passive,â€ť New said. â€śInquiry teaching does not treat content as an end in itself, but rather uses it to accomplish purposes of far-reaching significance.â€ť
The objective is to enable students to be better prepared for the challenges of work, and college after they graduate.
â€śForever in education, we always talk about trying to make the learning relevant, trying to make it real-world,â€ť said David Young, assistant superintendent. â€śA lot of times when you get that question right, it drives it, it gives everything context. And a lot of times, that context is real-world â€¦ thatâ€™s what we all do every day, so itâ€™s a very real-world skill for kids to be able to learn and do it in class.â€ť