Using Inquiry Tasks to Promote Higher Order Thinking

In this session, participants will examine inquiry tasks as a tool to promote higher order thinking and student engagement. We will look at several models of inquiry tasks, discuss different times and ways to build inquiry into units, and define conditions that support inquiry. Participants will also have an opportunity to apply these concepts to their own planning and to explore additional resources related to promoting inquiry and higher order thinking.


Courtney Jacobs, senior associate | Great Schools Partnership

Katie Thompson, senior associate | Great Schools Partnership


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Presentation Slides
Research Excerpts
Unit Design: Stages + Steps
Application + Planning Tool (Administrators)
Application + Planning Tool (Teachers)
Additional Inquiry + Higher Order Thinking Resources
Bloom’s Taxonomy
Educator Reflection
Crossing the River Task Packet

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Crossing the River Task
Crossing the River Document
Frayer Model for Vocabulary
Origami Boat Directions
Tool Box Graphic
Understanding the Problem
1920s and the Great Gatsby Task Packet

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1920s and The Great Gatsby Task
1920s Images
Notes for Image Analysis
Henrietta Lacks Task Packet

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DNA and Genetics Task Sheet
Ethics Panel Prep Sheet
Henrietta Lacks Prologue
Henrietta Lacks Reader’s Guide

Starting Sept. 23, 2021

Principals' Professional Learning Group

  • 3:15 - 4:30 PM ET
  • Virtual, via Zoom
  • $550/person

Meets monthly, Sept. 2021 - May 2022

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