In the IB, the approaches to teaching (ATT) skills are linked to our pedagogy which goes beyond what and how we teach and encompasses how we support, develop and interact with our students -- it is a teaching style. To ensure we are the best educators we can be, we need to identify our own strengths and areas for development and participate in continuous professional learning. Reflecting on our own practice, collaborating with peers from the wider IB community and communicating how and that we are learning is all part of this learning journey.
One of these ATTs is based on inquiry. Based on inquiry includes giving students opportunities to develop their own knowledge and understanding through risk taking; making mistakes; asking questions; exploring possibilities before we give them answers.
Inquiry-based learning is more than asking a student what he or she wants to know. It's about triggering curiosity. And activating a student's curiosity is, I would argue, a far more important and complex goal than mere information delivery. (edutopia.org)
This approach to teaching means that we IB teachers are seeking to create lesson plans where active learning takes place, we focus on problem-based learning, and focus on the learning process with our students. Based on inquiry is a teaching practice that supports academic success in our students through learning experiences and learning outcomes.
Here are a few examples you can use in your IB classroom to use this student-centered, based on inquiry approach.
Group 1: Language and Literature - Use discussion groups often about texts you are reading in class.
Group 3: Individuals and Societies - Show an image and ask students "What is happening?". Give students time to write their answers and write questions to help them understand the image.
Group 6: The Arts - Use debatable questions to engage students in the content, for example: Has music technology benefited society?