Each day of an inquiry based lesson takes between 55 and 70 minutes, the amount of time usually allotted for a math block. Inquiry based lessons require minimal prep (reviewing the inquiry, making copies of the inquiry sheets, setting up a projector, etc.). Preparing for an in can be done in advance, leaving the entire math block for the inquiry.
Each day of an inquiry based lesson follows a similar structure. Below, you will find the suggested timing for each part of an inquiry:
- Daily Review - 3 minutes for students to work, 3 minutes to review
- Inquiry Video - 5 minutes (play 2x)
- Determining the Purpose of the Inquiry - 5 minutes
- Determining the Question to Answer - 5 minutes
- Reviewing Suggested Questions - 2 minutes
- Forming Groups / Reviewing Guidelines - 4 minutes
- Inquiry Group Work - 10 minutes
- Group Presentation - 10 minutes
- Correct Solution - 5 minutes
- Reflection - 5 minutes
- Front Row Practice - 15 minutes
Note that a bulk of the time is spent on group work and sharing strategies. This is a suggested structure, and teachers should feel free to modify as they see necessary.