Episode 130

The power of inquiry, curiosity and questioning with Trevor MacKenzie

Published on: 30th May, 2024

My guest today, Trevor MacKenzie is an experienced teacher, author, keynote speaker and inquiry consultant who has worked in schools throughout North America, Asia, Australia, South Africa and Europe. 

Trevor’s day job is as a high school English teacher in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada, He teaches from an inquiry stance, guided by specific values and beliefs. In addition, Trevor is also an author, speaker and consultant, travelling worldwide to help schools implement inquiry-based teaching structures and frameworks. 

Trevor’s new book Inquiry Mindset Questions Edition is out imminently and because questions are a favourite subject of mine, I had to invite him onto the podcast to talk about it. 

I’ve known Trevor for a few years now since we connected on social media through shared interests and enthusiasms.

Trevor is an advocate and champion for inquiry-based learning, generously supporting the work of many educators in the field, including me, and he is well known for his kindness, alongside his expertise. 

Listen to find out more about:

  • the power of inquiry-based learning and what it means to teach from an inquiry-based stance
  • the key principles and values that guide Trevor's work, drawing from his extensive experience and his new book, 'Inquiry Mindset Questions Edition'
  • generating question confidence and competence; the importance of both open and closed questions
  • the 10 high impact question routines in Trevor's new book, 'Inquiry Mindset Questions Edition' and how they can be used to promote inquiry.
  • using images, photos, and art as provocations to spark curiosity and engagement. 

There’s so much in our conversation from fostering curiosity, agency, active listening and the connections between Trevor’s work and our work in museums. What can we learn from each other? Where are the crossovers? 

Listen to our conversation to discover more about the power of inquiry, curiosity and so much more. 

Episode Links:

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Trevor MacKenzie's website: https://www.trevormackenzie.com

Inquiry Mindset Questions Edition: https://www.trevormackenzie.com/inquiry-mindset-questions-edition


Trevor MacKenzie on Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/trev_mackenzie/

Trevor MacKenzie on LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/trevor-mackenzie-37103b261/

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