On Friday, February 17th, the whole Primary School team met together to dive into Inquiry teaching and learning in the PYP. The workshop was facilitated by the PYP coordinator – Ms. Maria Zialcita, and the Primary Principal – Ms. Marly Song. Three objectives were given at the beginning of the session:
The workshop was designed to follow the Inquiry Cycle developed by Kath Murdoch that we use during our Unit of Inquiry (UOI) in the classroom:
The morning began with our provocation for Tuning In. All participants were given an image from our IB documents about the teacher’s role in inquiry. They were given time to self-assess, to see where they feel they are in their development of inquiry teachers. When we are in the Tuning In phase, it is important to bring forward prior knowledge of the subject and to provoke participants to start thinking about questions they may have moving forward.
A second session for Finding Out was to share with one another a variety of teaching strategies that could be used with students throughout the inquiry process. When each participant can share one or two strategies, then suddenly we have a pool of twenty or more! It’s really incredible watching knowledge be transferred between people through group work. This is why we have collaboration and communication skills as part of our ATL’s! Students also learn so much from one another during this phase of the inquiry cycle.
Sorting Out and Taking Action
Leading into this session, participants had gathered a lot of inspirational ideas and knowledge about the inquiry process and strategies for the classroom. In this last session, grade-level teams got together to brainstorm ideas for their current unit and how to implement a new strategy they have learned. There was much excitement in the room as plans were made to take action on the learning from the day.
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Marly Song (Primary Principal)