Learning takes place through inquiry.
Learning is most meaningful when the learners have choice in how they learn, as well as opportunities to wonder, explore, hypothesise and construct meaning for themselves.
This is why we have chosen to structure our new staff induction in the form of an inquiry…
On Day 1, as part of a broader introduction to the PYP, our new teachers will explore concept based learning, one of the essential elements of the PYP. They will develop their understanding of the conceptual approach by using the PYP key concepts as a lens through which to generate questions about our school.
Day 2 will include an inquiry, via which our new teachers will have the opportunity to actively find out about their new school, rather than passively sit and listen to us ‘tell them stuff‘!
Each school has a unique culture, beliefs and approaches.
Suggested lines of inquiry:
- Cultural beliefs and values of our school
- Our learning principles
- The learning environment
- Roles and responsibilities within our school
- Our written curriculum
Participants will be free to select the conceptual lenses through which to explore these lines of inquiry. They can also, of course, explore self-generated questions and wonderings, based on the concept exercise from the previous day.
They will conduct their inquiries in small groups, with the following resources at their disposal:
- The school environment
- The learning resource centre
- Members of the school community who will be present to support, demonstrate, facilitate, encourage and respond to questions
- Access to curriculum documents
As always, I like to blog about the plans for such events in advance, when I have no idea how the inquiry will develop or to what degree it will be successful.
But isn’t that how the best inquiries unfold?