“The lover of inquiry must follow his beloved wherever it may lead him.” ~ Plato
I have been a primary educator for the previous 12 years. I have also worked within the IB Primary Years Programme throughout and have developed a passion for inquiry. Having spent many years teaching Lower Primary I have recently taken the plunge to become an Early Years teacher and most recently Early Years Phase Leader.
I have always been a huge fan of inquiry and even more so since working within the Early Years. We all have a natural curiosity towards learning. As a child we gaze at the world in wonder asking questions and freely following our own interests. For many of us these are the times we all look back with greatest pleasure and make our greatest discoveries. I often wonder then why is it that so often throughout our education many of us have these natural curiosities stamped out
‘All the world is a laboratory to the inquiring mind’ Martin H Fischer
I believe that inquiry is the vital ingredients in developing curious minds. As an educator my purpose of helping to facilitate a generation of entrepreneurs and world changers. In my small circle of the world I attempt to make my mark in the classroom by helping to develop curious minds, problem solvers, question askers and internationally minded children.
Throughout the coming months I will attempt to document my classes own journey into inquiry. This will help me to reflect on my own journey and hopefully inspire others on a similar journey.
The inquiry approach requires educators to think about their role and their students in a different way. It creates conflict among some educators, as it is a change not only in their practice, but also in their belief (Short & Burke, 1996).