We Strive to be Inquirers!

Feb 3rd, 2017

We Strive to be Inquirers!

The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week our focus is on the attribute, Inquirer.

Thank you to Mrs. Rademachers’s class for helping us learn more about being inquirers!

INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. We love learning and discovering new things and will sustain this love of learning throughout life.

The teachers at Annunciation work together to create classroom environments and learning experiences that invite inquiry. Inquiry isn't just about asking questions; it's about asking deep, thoughtful, meaningful questions.  Inquiry in the classroom also includes allowing students to construct or make meaning by -

  • Exploring, wondering, and questioning.
  • Experimenting and playing with possibilities.
  • Making connections 
  • Making predictions 
  • Collecting data and reporting findings.
  • Understanding concepts
  • Researching and seeking information.
  • Taking and defending a position.
  • Solving problems in a variety of ways.

How can parents help to develop Inquiry at home? 

  • Help your child explore her/his areas of interest
  • Model being an inquirer. Admit when you don’t know the answer to a problem or a question and seek out answers in front of your child.
  • Allow opportunities for your child to find out how things work.
  • Encourage your child to find out about the world around them
  • Praise your child when he or she asks a sincere question. 
  • Visit places that inspire inquiry: The Children's Museum,  The History Center, the river - the list is endless!
  • Show your child how to (safely) utilize a variety of sources to look for (reliable) sources of information. 

Picture Books that can help exemplify the attribute Inquirer:

  • Counting on Frank, by Rod Clement
  • The Librarian Who Measured the Earth, by Kathryn Lasky.
  • Snowflake Bently, by Jacqueline Briggs Martin
  • The Three Questions, by Jon Muth
  • Transformed: How Everyday Things are Made, by Bill Slavin

Anne LaLonde Laux  
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator