Learning about inquiry and wonderings has changed the way I analyze questions I have about my tutor placement. Before learning about wonderings, I had questions about students that no one seemed to be able to answer. I felt that these questions would always be floating around in the back of my mind only to disrupt my sleep patterns. I felt hopeless, to say the least. Now that I have a better understanding of what a wondering is, I realize that those 'floating questions' were really just wonderings that could be of some use in my study of education and could potentially change the way I teach and affect students.
In my current placement, I tend to focus on students that do not show much motivation. I see the same kids, week after week, fall more and more behind, and I ask myself,"Why?". I have been trying to use what we have been learning about inquiry to take that question and work towards an answer. I now realize that there may not always be a definite answer, but after looking at the literature on forces outside the classroom and principles of motivation I know that I do not have to give up on this question of "Why?". The information I need is there. I can make a difference and understand what I need to do as a pre-service teacher if only I take that step into inquiry and implement these findings.