My group, The Weavers, has been nothing but inspirational. Our monthly meetings provide me with a much needed place to work through ideas and thoughts that seem somewhat muddled in my own brain. One thing I realized is that I have been scaffolding my student's ability to be capable of inquiry since day one. Our belief in the explicit teaching of the thinking strategies has provided our student's with the cognitive abilities to blossom when given an inquiry situation. So I began my dive into math inquiry by reminding them of the knowledge they already possess!
I used to think that math inquiry was going to lead me on this great, amazing, inspiring teaching journey! Then I realized how HARD it was going to be. With all the pressure of testing etc., it was terrifying to think of letting my students come to understanding through their own inquiry process. Through the support of my amazing friends and colleagues, now I think that this inquiry journey is exactly what I need as a teacher and specifically what my students need as learners. Each time I provide them with a "mini" inquiry into a math topic, I am in awe of what they come away with learning. And not because I told them it is true, or the right way to do it, because they came to that conclusion on their own. This is the type of learning they will remember!