This course prepares you to begin using the Great Books Foundation's Shared Inquiry method of learning through reading and discussion with students at all levels. Learn questioning strategies that keep discussions lively and focused and improve students' reading, critical-thinking, writing, and oral communication skills. Practice writing interpretive questions and using follow-up questions to involve students of all ages and proficiency levels. See how interpretive activities support student learning and meet state and district standards.
The content of this course is similar to the two-day On-Site Shared Inquiry Essentials Course, but the format is different. The first five hours of the course are identical to the first day of the two-day training and are taught face-to-face to a group of teachers in a central location. The remainder of the course is online and covers several key areas of the Shared Inquiry method, such as asking effective follow-up questions and evaluating student performance in discussion. The online portion of the training is entirely self-paced and takes about 10 hours to complete. Those who complete the first day of the course and the online portion will be eligible for a Certificate of Completion. Continuing education credit may also be available, subject to the approval of the governing institution.