Designing Instruction for All Scenarios: Student Inquiry Plans

Highlander Institute Spotlight Series


As educators plan for school re-entry this fall, instructional design is critical. With uncertainty around community spread and other variables, schools and students may need to fluctuate between full in-person, combination learning (hybrid models), and full distance learning models. Therefore, teachers and students will need lessons and unit structures that translate easily to any learning environment. Learning goals, opportunities for self-reflection, formative assessment, and feedback cycles are important elements that will help students to find value in their work. Families and teachers will need to work together to support students to meet learning goals, and having one consistent place for these goals and learning activities to live will limit confusion. In this spotlight, we share a Student Inquiry Plan template to support meaningful learning across scenarios that can be used K-12 with curriculum materials or projects.