Providing purpose for my students is essential for motivation and engagement. Inquiry is a natural way to provide the purpose. Answering essential questions and trying to solve problems allows students to understand the meaning of their learning., especially when different disciplines make the connections. This model for teaching mocks real-world scenarios and prepares students for future challenges.
I believe our goal as educators should revolve around providing all the tools necessary to be successful. Content is important, but it is the medium through which we teach the content that accelerates our students. It is especially important to consider this when we know that technology is changing so rapidly. Content should also not be taught in isolation. We need to keep instruction organic by integrating subject areas as they integrate outside of our classrooms.