Down the Rabbit Hole: an Exploration of Student Grit, Motivation and Scientific Inquiry
During my teaching career so far I have tried to address this question and found limited success. Students are spectacular at generating questions. Last year I focused on having students record their questions as they observed the world around them, activities in the classroom, or even YouTube videos that got them thinking. The results were profound. Within weeks we had generated hundreds of questions about the universe around us. The tricky part came in identifying researchable questions and then planning out experiments to test them. Understanding the inquiry process in a clear and actionable way is a challenge for many students.