Although there are many authors who cite their model or use their preferred terms, the cycle of inquiry essentially boils down to actions the student takes to apply concepts and reflect upon them before applying them again. This method can be harnessed to provide visible thinking by asking students to share the questions that arise, map out methods to test their understanding, and note the conclusions that emerge from observations and reflection. When used, this approach to thinking and learning can help both the teacher and the student become increasingly aware of the process used to compare and contrast what is known and unknown. Explorations become more deliberate and risk-taking is justified by specified goals with predicted outcomes. Participants in this 1.5-hour workshop will design an assignment that use the cycle of inquiry to explore a content area that is relevant to their curriculum with the intention of preparing student to repeat this approach with future topics to foster independent thinking.