Inquiry Based Learning in the International Classroom (Grades 3-12) - TTC 106

*Please note this course is designed for teachers of grades 3 through 12.  The content is not written for early childhood.

"Inquiry-based learning" is an approach to designing coherent classroom units where the primary learning target is conceptual understanding. It has a strong, clear place in the repertoire of instructional practice for every teacher at every age level.

Central themes of the institute will be:

  • Aligning pedagogy and assessment with a vision of teaching for understanding

  • Using inquiry to teach learners specific strategies that will help them become independent learners.

This session will use an “inquiry cycle” as a framework for unit planning. Participants will use this framework to design a tightly connected series of constructivist learning experiences aimed at guiding students towards conceptual understanding. The cycle includes practical strategies for:

  • Tapping into current understanding

  • Gaining new knowledge and perspectives

  • Making meaning from the knowledge gained

  • Clarifying and testing new understandings

  • Demonstrating understanding

  • Taking action based on what was learned

Participants will explore the theory and research supporting these stages, and will learn a broad range of practical classroom activities that can be used at each stage. By the end of the institute, participants will walk away with a unit designed using the inquiry cycle. Participants should note that inquiry is viewed in this course as being guided and shaped by the teacher in their role as subject expert. It should also be noted that since the course is about inquiry leading to conceptual understanding, subjects that are more skill-based, such as Physical Education, may find translating this view of inquiry into practice more challenging.

In order to access course materials, participants are required to bring a laptop computer with wireless internet capability and appropriate adapters to this course.

Web and print resources for this course.