The CONNECT phase of the inquiry process requires clarifying the context of your inquiry and establishing what you know and feel about the topic or issue at the start of the process. This phase may involve exploration, for identifying an inquiry focus area, and/or developing background knowledge when your prior experience is limited.
Curiosity is Key!
Finding an Interest area
How to find Your Passion via John Silva
Nonfiction Book Categories: for interest consideration, peruse PTHS library shelves.
- Things I Love...Things that Really Bother Me Brackets
- For the student that “doesn’t know what to do” for Genius Hour...
- 20% Time Brainstorming Guide
- Forget Following Your Heart...Follow Your Heartbreak Angela Meiers
- My Service Learning Project via the McCormick Foundation
- 42 Fill in the Blank Prompts for Students to Design their Own Projects via Terry Heicht
- Four Squares:
1. Things I Love
2. Things I'm Good At
3. Things that Break my Heart
4. Things I Wonder
- Walk through your school, your neighborhood or your town to find problems worthy of solutions.
See QUESTIONING techniques as a method for focus refining. For example, when using the QFT to generate questions, we're actually identifying potential interest areas.
Initial Topic Formation via UNC Writing Center. Discusses starting with a general topic, identifying what you know, what you don't know, and exploring potential ideas.
"Recognizing Potential within Your Search Results", via UNC Writing Center. Discusses gathering various perspectives in order to narrow your focus.