What Is Playful Inquiry?

Inquiry is the science, art and spirit of imagination. We naturally associate Inquiry with the logical mind’s intent to satisfy curiosity, solve problems, and explore ideas. Inquiry helps us connect our prior understanding to new experiences, modify and accommodate our previously held beliefs and conceptual models, and construct new knowledge.

Antonyms found in the dictionary: Answer, reply


Playful describes a state of surrender. It involves being open, letting go, and embracing unexpected direction or results. Being playful has positive effects on the body and the brain. Problem solving ability increases after a person has spent some time laughing. This works because laughter turns off the posterior hypothalamus and allows the cerebral cortex to focus on a given task.

Antonyms found in the dictionary: Earnest, serious-minded, sober, humorless, serious, working


The Importance of Activity and Movement

When we facilitate a group, we mix it up. John Medina's brain rules at the bottom of our site here, reminds us that we don't like to sit around for long periods of time; we get bored because our brain is craving involvement. Part of re-integrating that knowing is modeling and practicing it together with Playful Inquiry.

One of our activities is Whoosh - Bang - Pow, which we found nicely described in a YouTube video:

By keeping movement woven throughout the day, our body's circulation is stimulated, which increases our opportunities for insights, retention, and integration. Movement is one of the things that improves our creativity and allows us to maximize our intellect. Playful Inquiry is simply the active practice of several principle ways to improve brain power, combined with articulating situations in the form of a question.

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