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IB Inquirers attribute in the classroom

Inquirers in Infant EducationBoth preschool classes developed a project, aiming to work with the Inquirers attribute (research subject, curious and researcher).This attribute instigates the curiosity and independence of the children through individual, playful and pleasant experiences.In order to involve the children in a space of experimentation and change, of observations and conversations, it is fundamental […]


In 14 of September of 2018

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Inquirers in Infant Education
Both preschool classes developed a project, aiming to work with the Inquirers attribute (research subject, curious and researcher).
This attribute instigates the curiosity and independence of the children through individual, playful and pleasant experiences.
In order to involve the children in a space of experimentation and change, of observations and conversations, it is fundamental to promote a place for this exchange of information. This is not only for their formation, but to also give a dynamic and reflective meaning to this practice, which will accompany them throughout of their lives.

Why do the leaves fall and change color?

We went to the forest, and with the help of magnifying glasses, the children were able to analyze the leaves, their colors, their sizes, where to find them, and we were able to talk to them about the care we have to take with nature.

Colored gel balls and sensations

The children dipped their hands and feet in the gel balls and could feel their texture in contact with their skin. They also identified that the balls were of different colors: blue, green, yellow, and red.

Sounds

The children listened to different audios (urban, nature and animal sounds) and could attempt to identify them.

 

Inquirers in the 6th gradeIn its definition: it is the one that researches or asks.

Most teachers waste their time by asking questions that are intended to discover what a pupil does not know, whereas the true art of questioning is to discover what the pupil does know or is capable of knowing. (From the book: Conversations with Albert Einstein, 1920).

With this reflection teacher Elisabete Moreira carried out an assignment using stations, where the students were able to demonstrate their knowledge, share this knowledge with their colleagues and when encountering difficulties, also spot the opportunities.

Just as Einstein believed that CURIOSITY is so vital to life, this the students are overflowing.

First, the students were divided into six teams. Each team received their Wochenplan (weekly plan) and started working on the stations. Each station had a predetermined time for resolution. In the end, the winning team would be the one who obtained the highest score in the Wochenplan.

It was great to witness the excitement of the students and to discuss with the teams the ways each one used to complete the workstations.

 

Inquirers in the 7th year
Questioning and seeking information in order to build knowledge is one of the most fun and satisfying ways to learn. Many times in life, the mere act of creating an inquiry and solving it can be a great pleasure.

It was in this spirit that in the week dedicated to the Inquirer attribute, during the French classes, students of the 7th grade could experience the method known as Arbeitstheke, in Portuguese: Workstations. The purpose of the class was to develop content related to the world of fashion, clothing and styles. Students participated in interactive tasks timed into four workstations, dedicated to each of the skills usually worked in the foreign language classes: speaking, reading, listening and writing. Teacher Ludmila Carvalho entered the scene only as a timely collaborator, suggesting different ways for the students to reflect a little further and to solve their uncertainties alone or in groups.

On each of the four islands, whether individually or collectively, students had to question and inquire about vocabulary, how to apply it, whether it was proper or improper for context, whether language composition was appropriate, and so on. In the spare time remaining after finishing the tasks, the students dedicated themselves to sketching a mannequin. The result of this work can be evaluated next week when a fashion show will be planned, organized and carried out by the students, themselves. Vive la mode! Et vive l`apprentissage coopérative!

Inquirers in the 3rd year
The 3rd year “B” high school students worked on the IB Inquirer attribute in their math classes. For this, stations were set up with addition and subtraction activities. At these stations, students were able to interact with diverse materials as well as with their peers.

After the teachers explained how the activity would work, the students were able to move around the room and choose the tasks to be executed. Each child received a sheet, on which their perceptions about each activity should be noted. In 7 different stations, students were able to work in various forms with numerals up to 1000, which enabled them to understand this numerical range better. Although each child had to take note of their perceptions, there was a lot of knowledge exchanged, since each station possessed the possibility of working with a new colleague with new ideas!

Throughout the exercise, the children demonstrated their investigative posture, trying to understand each of the activities to perform them in the best possible way. At the end, the students were able to present their notes about the tasks performed, as well as evaluate the exercise and their participation.