The third IB theme for fourth grade students at Wuhan Australian International School is: “who we are”. The central idea: “People's values form personal quality, affect personal behavior”.
When the students heard the theme for this inquiry, they were not afraid of the challenge, but actively asked: “what are values? What's the difference between them?”
When students take the initiative to ask their teachers questions, their growth since the previous IB inquiry is evident.
"What do you know about the central idea?"
The students used the learning methods explored in the previous unit of inquiry to take "human values form personal accomplishment and affect personal behavior" as the focus of their brainstorming. They connected their ideas to design a mind map. They asked questions and collected information to strengthen their understanding, then expanded upon that knowledge to ask further questions. Each person asked a question, 25 people equated to 25 questions, and then they found 25 solutions, filling their mind maps with ideas.
For a primary school student, how does he or she apply their knowledge to their personal behavior?
The fourth-grade students at Wuhan Australian International School went to the 1911 revolution memorial hall. Before they entered, they took out their inquiry list and took the initiative to write down what they saw, questioned and understood.
We collected anecdotes from celebrities in the classroom, from which we extracted their values . We also learned about values from textbooks and stories. Combining the text with reality, we all had a deeper understanding of the core socialist values, so with the help of the commentators in the library, we learned more detailed history.
Lenin regarded the 1911 Revolution as "the awakening of Asia". The 1911 revolution launched the first democracy in Asia. In this revolution, there were also many leaders worthy of our learning. Students asked questions while recording. In the red tower history and emotions flowed.
What is educational achievement? On the return bus trip students still remembered the history they had just heard.
Reading is for thinking and learning. During this inquiry, students have learned that the values formed at different times and in different social living environments vary. We can actively analyse and explore how people's values are formed and whether they will change.
After the students completed the unit of inquiry they commented: "I admire him very much."
The students recorded their knowledge at the end of the inquiry. The IB method enables students to have a deep understanding of the knowledge from books: to explore the meaning of ancient poetry and the emotions the poet wants to express, to independently explore the structure of the text, to recognize new words through common things in life, and to strengthen the understanding of the whole article. The IB method also enables students to really know what kind of vocabulary they should have as a primary school student and how to use it when relating to human behavior.