Inquiry Based Teaching Activities Videos

Inquiry Based Teaching Activities Videos.

These videos compliment the inquiry based classroom activities booklet which can be found here.

Each video below shows how to set up, and run the classroom activity, as well as describing the learning outcomes. I have used these classroom activities teaching year 7 to 13 in Secondary schools in England and Japan. The activities are designed to be cross-curricular and encourage inquiry based and interactive learning.

An article on my videos can be found in the International Baccalaureate’s Community Blog.


  1. Card sorts
  2. Silent debate

  3. Speed Questioning

  4. Post-it notes
  5. Jigsaw activity
  6. Envoy
  7. Class debate
  8. Role play

  9. Mini boards
  10. Yes / No stations
  11. Find someone who…
  12. Problems and solutions
  13. Interactive homework
  14. Group preparation, discussion and vote

Video 1: Card Sorts

This video explains how to do a card sort activity in class. I describe the activity and the learning outcomes.

Video 2: Silent Debate

This video shows how to hold a silent debate in class, allowing all students to participate and respond to the views of others.

Video 3: Speed Questioning

This video shows how to use speed questioning as an interactive classroom activity. I explain how to set up the activity and the learning outcomes.

Video 4: Post-it Notes

This video shows a variety of ways Post-it Notes can be used to help interactive learning.

Video 5: Jigsaw Activity

This video explains how to hold a jigsaw activity in the classroom. The activity allows students to split work between them and share new information.

Video 6: Envoy

This video explains how to hold an envoy activity, where one student in a group goes to other groups on a fact finding mission and reports back to his/her group. The learning outcomes are also discussed.

Video 7: Class Debate

The video explains one way to hold a class debate, going through the structure step by step.

Video 8: Role Play

The video shows the different ways you can use role play in class, giving your students the chance to advocate the variety if views of different views of stakeholders.

Video 9: Mini Boards

This video shows a variety of different ways you can use mini boards in your lessons.

Video 10: Yes / No Stations

This video gives ideas on how to incorporate yes / no stations into your lessons.

Video 11: Find Someone Who…

This video explains how ‘find someone who..’ can be used to gain a wide range of information from students in a short space of time.


Video 12: Problems and Solutions

This video shows an example of how teachers can get students to create solutions, looking at the implications of decisions. It’s based on the higher order thinking skill of synthesis.

Video 13: Interactive Homework

This video explains how to give interactive homework, which is designed to get students to communicate with their family and friends while doing homework, resulting in more students completing the activity and parents being more informed about what is happening within the classroom.

Video 14: Group Preparation, Discussion and Vote

This video shows how to get students to prepare for a discussion by putting students in initial groups where they share the same views. These groups prepare their arguments before being split up into groups with students who have different views. Discussions are held and a vote is taken. Reasons for the failure if prohibition is used as the example for the video.