The relationship between conceptual understanding and student action

When one imagines the role of a teacher, you would almost certainly think of a person who enters a class, teaches a topic, and then leaves. The cycle repeats itself for a year and carries on to infinity. While this is true for traditional teaching methodologies, the International Baccalaureate stresses enduring conceptual understanding rather than… Continue reading The relationship between conceptual understanding and student action

New visible thinking routines (VTRs) to encourage inquiry

Inquiry can be the easiest thing to do in a classroom or the toughest. It always hinges on the classroom ethos and the involvement of the learners in their own learning journey. These visible thinking routines can be used over the course of a day or two to chalk out the inquiry path of a… Continue reading New visible thinking routines (VTRs) to encourage inquiry

Inquiry in a virtual classroom

The inquiry method is designed for learners to develop their individual interests while reinforcing that there is never a single ‘correct’ answer. Individual differences are celebrated in this pedagogy and children are inspired to build on what they know and venture forth into the unknown courageously. When a child uncovers a new nugget of information,… Continue reading Inquiry in a virtual classroom

The four quadrant strategy- teach learners to ask the right questions

Most educators (especially those teaching in the PYP) will face challenges when inviting their learners to ask questions that will advance their inquiry journey. I have oftentimes pondered how to steer the young ones in my class towards questions that are not only important to the central idea but are relevant to their lives and… Continue reading The four quadrant strategy- teach learners to ask the right questions

Constructivism in language learning

The word ‘inquiry’ brings up visions of minds teetering on the verge of discoveries and explorations full of questions waiting to be answered. The inquiry method is a cornerstone of the International Baccalaureate and propels learners to venture from the known to new horizons. The content taught in an IB school closely resembles other institutions… Continue reading Constructivism in language learning