Inquiry Protocols and Activities


These NSRF protocols and activities ask members of Critical Friends Group® learning communities to consider their work through a lens of inquiry.


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Appreciative Inquiry: A Protocol to Support Professional Visitation
Barriers or Bridges: A Matter of Perspective and Attitude
Blooming Questions
Chalk Talk for Planning
Change in Practice Protocol
Choosing a Question Protocol
Considering Evidence Protocol
Cycle of Inquiry
Cycle of Inquiry for Professional Learning Community Activities
Five Whys for Inquiry
Inquiry Circles: a Protocol for Professional Inquiry
Passion Profiles
Passion Profiles Activity
Questions and Assumptions
Reflective Guide
Why Activity