Inquiry Based Learning
One of the main pedagogical strategy adopted by the Ambience Public school is Inquiry Based Learning model. Inquiry implies that students get involved and ask questions which leads to a better understanding. Our goal as teachers is to guide our students to find answers to our questions, and encourage them to ask more questions while doing so. Students are actively involved in the classroom and develop problem-solving skills. This approach works extremely well in a collaborative environment.
Struggling students who do not do well in a teacher-led classroom respond well to an inquiry-based learning environment. It also helps builds their confidence and self-esteem.
The 5 E Model supports inquiry-based model. It allows children to make discoveries and to process new skills in an engaging way. The role of the teacher is to facilitate and support students as they use prior knowledge to build new knowledge. The 5 Es are Engage, Explore, Explain, Elaborate and Evaluate. When planning a lesson, the teachers make sure that each of these areas are taken into consideration.
“Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn”
Our teachers at Ambience are facilitators in the IBL environment of our school. Needs and ideas of the learners are given importance. Probing questions get the learners into the zone of the inquiry challenging them to discover the relationship between variables.
This happens through brain-storming and group discussions. Learners influence each other getting the opportunity to learn from each other and taking control of their learning.
Our teachers scaffold the learners to teach them the process of inquiry through:
- Field work
- Case studies
- Individual and group projects
- Research projects
Our teachers create the ‘Big Idea’ that will spark the learners interest to initiate an inquiry.
Learners develop a deep understanding and connect to real life context, learning for life.