I live simple inquiry cycles every day as I have a five year old boy who is full of questions! It is obvious from experiencing these simple inquiries, that the more we find out the more we want to find out. It is important to me that as an educator in a primary school setting, I never lose sight of the innate curiosity that children have. Our challenge is to agree upon a framework for a cycle of inquiry that we can use to guide our students through their journeys of discovery. It needs to be a cycle that acknowledges the need for explicit instruction of knowledge and skills at times, and also allows students to be active learners themselves.
What follows is a presentation of my own learning journey, in comparison with established inquiry process models.