To an outsider, an inquiry classroom can look, feel, and sound like a mystery. That makes PYP teachers detectives. The entire process, from provocation to action, can sometimes feel sticky, daunting, or just plain confusing.
We’ve created this guide to help you unpack inquiry in the PYP and get resources that can be used independently or with your team. We collaborated with amazing inquiry educators, Cindy Blackburn, Chris Gadbury, Ika Vargas, Joe Amabile, Misty Paterson, Snigdha Baduni, Shamal Merchant, and Shambhavee Sharma to create a toolkit unlike anything you’ve ever seen.
Who is this for and what’s inside?
1. For you, the inquiry educator: You will have everything you need to unravel the mystery of inquiry.
- The 21st-century educator’s visual dictionary
- A 10-minute teacher self-assessment
- Tools for structuring a guided inquiry
2. For your learners, the inquirers: Give your junior detectives guides, thinking routines, and classroom displays to document the process of inquiring.
- Chris Gadbury’s inquiry journal for students
- Your inquiry classroom display pack
- Thinking tools for ELA, math, science, and more
3. For your families, the inquiry community: Make your learning community true partners in solving the inquiry mystery with our plug-and-play workshops.
- Inquiry classroom snapshot
- Introducing PYP to families: a plug-and-play workshop
- Introducing inquiry to families: a ready-to-use workshop
Please note: We designed this guide to be navigated sequentially. That being said, this is your inquiry so feel free to jump around to the sections you find most relevant to your context.