One of the frequent questions that I get asked is:
What is Inquiry based learning?
There are some wonderful resources available already that everyone should take a look:
These sites will give you a comprehensive and sometimes an overwhelming overview what Inquiry-based learning is. But they do not answer what Inquiry looks and feels like here in KIS
Concept Driven Curriculum
The PYP aims to create a curriculum that is engaging, relevant, challenging and significant for learners in the 3–12 age range. The curriculum is transdisciplinary, meaning that it focuses on issues that go across subject areas. – http://www.ibo.org/programmes/primary-years-programme/curriculum/
The Power of the Questions at Ralston Elementary School
In this video from Edutopia you can observe how a change in instruction has created an opportunity for these students to take ownership of their learning, it is simply just a moderation of how teachers guide learning to become more student-centered by allowing questions and provocations to guide learning experiences.
Mediating the Learning Experience
Mediated learning nurtures real learning in the classroom. It goes beyond simply being a facilitator. The facilitator may make things happen in, but never takes over the actual process of thinking and understanding. Our place is not to offer ready-made models of desired answers but to offer stimuli to engage the learners into deeper learning and metacognitive thinking