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In PYP’s inquiry-based pedagogy, asking good questions is everything! Teacher and student questions are the foundation of every inquiry classroom. Yet, many teachers find it difficult to elicit meaningful student questions, and are constantly looking for ways to get students to wonder and inquire! In this presentation, experienced PYP educator Kristen Blum shares tips and ideas for establishing a culture of questioning, and unpacks 5 core strategies to help students ask deep, meaningful questions. 

Strategies to unpack Related Concepts:

  1. Conduct workshops and build a shared understanding with teachers, peers, and parents
  2. Get strategies on how to plan for the “Student Questions” section of the PYP planner 
  3. Elicit students to ask powerful, deep questions and create a culture of inquiry

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Kristen Blum
Kristen Blum is a PYP practitioner, currently teaching 5th grade at Gems World Academy in Chicago. She lived overseas for 13 years, teaching and leading in PYP schools throughout Asia. She has led teacher workshops on assessment, planning, inquiry and literacy in the PYP.
Inquiry-based Learning, Social Emotional Learning
Encouraging Student Questions in the PYP
In PYP’s inquiry-based pedagogy, asking good questions is everything! Teacher and student questions are the foundation of every inquiry classroom. Yet, many teachers find it difficult to elicit meaningful student questions, and are constantly looking for ways to get students to wonder and inquire! In this presentation, experienced PYP educator Kristen Blum shares tips and ideas for establishing a culture of questioning, and unpacks 5 core strategies to help students ask deep, meaningful questions.