The grade two students at Wuhan Australian International School explored the theme of sharing the earth. When it comes to sharing the earth, what do you think?
What living things should exist on the earth?
What are the differences between the environments in which humans and animals live? What are the connections?
In class, the teachers and students brainstormed and asked questions and collected relevant materials by a variety of methods. They explored different possibilities in order to have a deeper understanding of the central idea: "the life of people and animals is related to the areas and conditions they live in". When discussing sharing the earth, it's better to feel it in a place that is close to the central idea.
We arrived at Jiufeng Forest Zoo in Wuhan. Do changes in the animals’ environments affect the animals? The students started to visit the garden with questions and an inquiry list.
"Look, the big black bear is looking for food to eat. Can I give him the pine nuts?"
"Let's think about what big black bears like to eat."
"Look, the camel eats my carrot. Look at its hump. It's very high!"
The students saw a lot of animals, some of which were different from those in the book, some of which were more real and vivid. The facts that were verified were remembered. The IB inquiry trains our thinking style, as we actively explore and think deeply.
"Teacher, why is there only one tiger in such a big place?"
"Because he is a solitary animal, have you ever heard of him?"
Unable to wait for the teacher's reply, another student already answered the student's question. The student immediately took out her own inquiry sheet, and wrote down her own views, doubts and understanding.
Breaking away from the traditional way of learning, the students adopted the concept driven approach to help them integrate their knowledge. The group inquiry teaching method creates a real-life learning situation for students, so that students can establish a connection with their real world. It motivates students to formulate their own problems, design their own inquiry thinking, learn to cooperate, build knowledge, and achieve understanding.
Through this method, when faced with the challenging theme of "sharing the earth", students were able to approach the concept, explore and understand it layer by layer.
Is it difficult to explore the six interdisciplinary themes? Yes, at times.
However, can the continuous exploration cycle help you understand these six themes?
Yes! Continue to explore the cycle and be constantly innovative.