The goal of CMA’s INQubator Independent Studies course is to encourage students to follow an inquiry of their choice. Inspired by our belief that education is best done when following ones innate curiosity, we ask our students: ‘what are you interested in, and what would like to learn?’. In doing so, we encourage students to take agency of their learning by pursuing an interest and inquiry of their choosing.
Held twice weekly throughout the year, our INQubator course asks students to design their own inquiry based upon a question or series of questions relating to the topic of their choice. They will develop an investigation around this topic, creating a piece that represents the learning that occurred through their project. At the end of each school year, all students from grades 7 to 12 will have conducted an INQubator project. These projects are unique to each student’s interests, and they will be expected to present their inquiry to their classmates in seminar-style presentations.
Throughout the inquiry process, each student is paired with a teacher whose areas of expertise most closely align with the students chosen project. Teachers will help guide the students through the inquiry process, assisting them with research, scheduling deadlines, acquiring content, and acting as consultants to encourage and assist with the students’ investigation process.
Students in grades 10 – 12 will earn 4 credits in IDS.