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INQUIRY-BASED TEACHING

I have started an incredible adventure through the changing face of education, observing the subtle changes that are occurring in the field of inquiry-based learning. This instructional technique is a dynamic process packed with layers of subtleties and complexities, allowing students to take an active role in their learning journey rather than following a linear path.

So, the journey starts with a spark of curiosity, which is an essential component of learning that is inquiry-based. The magic happens when one learns to construct questions that inspire inquiry and challenge presumptions. However, there’s a subtlety here; learning to strike the right balance between inquiries that pique interest and those that overwhelm is a skill that takes time to acquire.

Furthermore, inquiry-based learning aims to provide students a strong ship and an experienced guide rather than cast them adrift. It takes finesse to encourage independence while providing appropriate direction. It all comes down to finding the right balance between providing a safety net and granting freedom to venture into unfamiliar territory. The layers of nuance appear when teachers ask students to stop, reflect, and explain what they’ve learned, how their perspective has changed, and what new questions they have. Through introspection, students develop metacognitive abilities that improve their learning process in addition to internalizing knowledge. This brings us to another layer of nuance: creating an atmosphere where different points of view enhance the educational process. Guiding students to respectfully engage with differing opinions and learn from each other’s unique insights builds valuable skills in empathy, communication, and critical thinking. The journey of inquiry is marked by exploration, experimentation, and sometimes, failure. Embracing failure as an avenue for growth is a nuanced lesson.  It’s about nurturing resilience and the ability to adapt, ultimately contributing to the development of a growth mindset that serves them beyond the classroom.

Therefore, the journey of nuances in inquiry-based learning is one of discovery, growth, and transformation. It’s a symphony of carefully crafted questions, scaffold support, reflection, collaboration, and resilience. As an expert teacher, I navigate these nuances with a deep sense of responsibility, knowing that each student’s journey is unique. This pedagogical approach not only equips them with knowledge but empowers them with the skills and mindset to embrace the complexities of our ever-evolving world. The journey continues, guided by the nuance and beauty of inquiry-based learning.

Reference:

Barrow, L. (2006). A brief history of inquiry-From Dewey to Standards. Journal of Science Teacher Education, 17, 265-78.

Mrs.Myra S. Swin | Teacher III | BNHS | Balanga, Bataan
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