GLAD Focus and Motivation Strategies: Inquiry Charts

If you have been reading my blog, you know I attended Salem-Keizer school district’s Project GLAD training this week. To help me learn the strategies quicker, I’ve began to share the strategies through a series of posts. The first was about the Three Personal Standards and today you will learn about Inquiry Charts.

Inquiry Charts

Another Project Glad focus and motivation strategy are Inquiry Charts. They are a great strategy for many reasons. They allow teachers to pre-assess background knowledge, explicitly teach question and answering techniques, are an on-going record of learning in the classroom, provide opportunities for metacognition, and teach students how to make predictions.

On a large piece of chart paper, create a t-chart and write “What do you know about ____________?” on the left side in one color, and write “What do you want to know about ____________?” on the right side in another color.

This is a great way to begin a GLAD unit. After separating student into their groups, allow a couple minutes for group members to put their heads together and talk about what they already know about ____________ (your unit topic). When time is up, call for attention using the Zero Hand Signal, and ask students to share. As they share out, write it down exactly as they say it. Don’t correct grammar or use better language, this will be addressed later. Repeat this process for the other side of the Inquiry Chart, giving groups time to put their heads together and share what they want to know about ____________. Again, write what students say, exactly how they say it, on the other side of the Inquiry Chart in the other color.

Project GLAD

An example of the Inquiry Chart as demonstrated at a recent Project GLAD training.


Now for the good part. At the end of each week of GLAD instruction, set aside some time to review the original Inquiry Chart. With a 3rd color marker, the teacher reads the “What we know” and asks students to add more details and fix grammar mistakes. This is a time engage students in discussion and reflect on what they have learned during the week. Revise and edit old statements as students share out loud. The end result should be a dramatic, but messy improvement on the original Inquiry Chart.

Project GLAD Inquiry Chart

An example of another GLAD Inquiry Chart, after it had been revised and edited.

Have you used an Inquiry Chart before? What did you think?

3 thoughts on “GLAD Focus and Motivation Strategies: Inquiry Charts

  1. I attended the two day training this past summer and will attend the week long training in October. The trainers will be traveling from California to my school in North Carolina to demonstrate their teaching strategies. I am also using this opportunity as an independent study for a graduate class I am taking. My professor found your blog for me. I have never ventured into the blogger world. Was it difficult to get started and maintain? I’ve enjoyed your writing style over others I have seen.

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