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Inquiry – is it different now?

Coffee is something that I really enjoy.  While I’ve been drinking coffee for a long time, it has only been in the past year that I’ve really learning about it with rigor.  Almost without fail, I consume some information about making coffee.  Had I tried to develop this level of understanding 10 years ago, it would have been much different.

When people find something that they are curious about, the processes, tools, and environments that they can go to inquire about it are enormously different than just a short time ago.  It is a very interesting time to be alive.

In light of all the information and globalization, how is inquiry different in your classroom than it was 10 years ago?  When your student or class finds something that they are interested in, how do they inquire?  How do they discover?  As teachers, do we engage and empower our students inquire in the same way that happens in everyday life?  Are students stifled by our classrooms?