Inquiry Project Timelines
The time dedicated to an inquiry project depends on its purpose. We have identified three different potential timelines:
- Inquiry Course
- Designed for students who are enrolled in a semester long course dedicated to their inquiry project. For example, if a student was enrolled in an Independent Directed Study course, this timeline would provide guidance for the successful completion of their inquiry project. This timeline requires less teacher involvement and would be student led rather than guided.
- Unit Inquiry Project
- This timeline is designed for classroom teachers who wish to include an opportunity to their class to pursue an inquiry question related to the class curriculum as part of their unit of study. Unit Inquiry Projects tend to be more guided than other inquiry opportunities until students have developed a culture where they are confident and secure in the inquiry process.
- Genius Hour
- Genius Hour is based on Google's concept of 20% time. Students are given a set period of time during the educational week to explore something they are interested in. Often referred to as "passion projects", these projects can diverge greatly from the curriculum, but they still require teacher guidance in the process.