Have you ever had a burning question? Something you couldn’t help but know the answer to? Well, that’s exactly how young children feel – all the time!
Now I Know is a 6-level course that promotes inquiry-based learning, sparking the curiosity and desire to learn that children naturally have. As such, it has a number of challenges that are sure to fascinate young learners aged 6-12 (CEFR pre-A1 to B1+ or GSE 19-58). What’s more, it is supported by authentic video from the BBC.
Let’s explore inquiry-based learning and look at five insightful videos on the topic.
What is inquiry-based learning?
According to Jeanne Perrett, inquiry-based learning is an approach that makes the most of students’ natural inquisitiveness by asking big questions.
Big questions are questions that do not have one correct answer. Instead, they help begin discussions, make students think about their own opinions, and give rise to exciting new ideas.
In the classroom, they let us engage our students’ curiosity – and by providing students with the right materials and activities, we can help them find the answers and information they need. These big questions also encourage students to develop critical thinking skills and become more observant, analytical and reflective.
Read more in our blog post: Jeanne Perrett on Inquiry-Based Learning.
1. A look at introducing inquiry-based learning in your classroom
Watch the following video from ELT trainer and author Amanda Davies to get an idea of what this approach to learning is all about. She’ll explain how you can use it in your classroom and also show you the real benefits it has when it comes to engaging learners.
2. A deeper look at curiosity in the classroom
Next, Amanda takes an in-depth look into curiosity and how you can implement an inquiry-based approach in your classroom, using Now I Know to highlight some practical examples.
3. Discovering the answers to big questions
In this next video, Amanda looks at the discovery stage and explains how you can use Now I Know to support your students to ensure they are successful in their quest for information.
4. Promoting reflection in an inquiry-based lesson
In this video, Amanda looks at the third stage of inquiry-based learning – reflection – which helps children think about the learning process. She uses Now I Know to offer some examples, showing you how to find out the best times to practice classroom reflection, how to get students to self-assess their progress, and also how you can support your students in this reflection.
5. Top classroom tips for inquiry-based learning
In our final video on this topic, Amanda provides expert tips for using inquiry-based learning in the classroom. She shows you how to further encourage learner independence and improve your students’ enjoyment of learning.
Have you tried inquiry-based learning yet? Here are some Big Questions from Now I Know you can explore with your students:
- What makes a family? (Unit 5, Level 1)
- How are we all different? (Unit 10, Level 2)
- Why do we go on vacation? (Unit 3, Level 3)
- How can we choose our jobs? (Unit 5, Level 4)
- What’s causing extreme weather? (Unit 10, Level 5)
- How does our body work? (Unit 3, Level 6)
Download a sample now and discover inquiry-based learning in a structured and motivating way with your own young learners.