“An object at rest will remain at rest unless acted on by an unbalanced force. An object in motion continues in motion with the same speed and in the same direction unless acted upon by an unbalanced force.”
Newton’s Laws Come Alive
It begins with inquiry. At The Winchendon School (TWS), engaged student learning means more than asking “What do you want to learn?” At TWS engaged learning begins with asking “Why?” Inquiry-based learning triggers curiosity. Following that curiosity is the responsibility of the student while guided by the teacher.
What are the characteristics of an engaged learning environment?
- When students are engaged in their learning, they research, study, and present back what they have learned to their classmates.
- An engaged classroom is student driven. Every question and every answer is student-driven, student answered, and student-focused.
How does inquiry-based learning benefit students?
- As students follow their curiosity they develop information literacy skills.
- Students develop critical thinking skills
- Students develop a deeper understanding of the material and retain information longer.
Overall, inquiry-based learning is a characteristic of an engaged learning environment and our students learn deeper and wider. In the TWS Physics classroom, students model Newton’s Laws of Physics. By researching, designing an experiment, and demonstrating each Law, our students are engaged in the active process of learning.