This year inquiry has really had such a positive impact in my classroom. Inquiry has made my students accountable and excited about their learning. Instead of learning what "I want them to learn." They have learned what they want to learn. On top of learning what they are interested in, they have to be invested in their learning. Through the inquiry process they won't learn unless they want to learn (that means they have to look for their answers). They also become teachers. They teach their classmates what they have learned. I just sit back with my feet up and learn too! :) (I wish!)
What I really have struggled with this year is that it is hard and feels out of control a lot of the time. It is really hard work having the students guide their own learning. Most kindergarten students are unable to access their own information so I have to do a lot of the work up front. So to them it feels like they are finding the answers to their questions. But really I have found books and videos that answer everyone's questions. Some students need one on one guidance during this process. Others just need a modeled lesson. It also feels out of control most of the time. I know the standards I want the students to accomplish by the end of the inquiry process but the day to day lessons and path of each student is different.
I look forward to seeing what inquiry looks like in my room next year. I plan to continue having inquiry studies in my room. I tend to change and tweak thing the more I reflect. I look forward to next year once I have a summer of reflection!