Inquiry based teaching activities booklet

This booklet gives a description of how to set up and run inquiry based classroom activities that I have used in my classes. It also includes the learning outcomes of each one.

In order to support new and experienced staff with Teaching and Learning activities I have created a classroom activities booklet, which can be found below which is based both on my teaching experiences in the National Curriculum of England, Wales and Northern Ireland as well as teaching in the International Baccalaureate, in both the Middle Years Programme and Diploma Programme.

The activities in this booklet are ones that I regularly use in my lessons and show a variety interactive and inquiry based learning through an explanation of the activity and the learning outcomes, covering many aspects of the International Baccalaureate`s Approaches to Teaching and Learning.

Each activity has a description and learning outcomes, as well as a photograph or picture to help staff visualise how it looks in the classroom.

I have put the activities up in my classroom and regularly refer to them in staff meetings and in one on one teaching conversations with staff. I make it clear to staff that these activities are relevant to teaching and learning within the Diploma Programme and can be used for revision activities as well as in teaching content.

The activities are designed to be cross curricular and can be differentiated by staff depending in the age, ability and learning styles of the students.

September 15th 2020: I have added a ‘safe distancing” edition of the booklet with recommendations on how you can adapt the document to suit teaching during the Corona Virus. This is a free resource.

A video for each of the activities can be found below.

Contents:

  • Post it notes
  • Interactive homework
  • Silent debate
  • Yes / No stations
  • Card sort
  • Question Time
  • Class debate
  • Brainstorm
  • Quiz
  • Think-pair-share
  • Active Listening
  • Envoy
  • Jigsaw Activity
  • Find someone who
  • Peer assessment
  • Self assessment
  • Speed Questioning
  • Problems and solutions
  • Role play

 

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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.

Contents:

  • Card sorts
  • Silent debate
  • Speed Questioning
  • Post-it notes
  • Jigsaw activity
  • Envoy
  • Class debate
  • Role play
  • Mini boards
  • Yes / No stations
  • Find someone who…
  • Problems and solutions
  • Interactive homework
  • 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.

Classroom Activities for the More Able

This booklet is the ‘More Able’ edition of the ‘Interactive Classroom Activities’ booklet.

In this edition of the booklet, advice and ideas have been added to each of the following classroom activities to ensure that adequate challenge is provided for the more able students:

  • Post it notes
  • Interactive homework
  • Silent debate
  • Yes / No stations
  • Card sort
  • Question Time
  • Class debate
  • Brainstorm
  • Quiz
  • Think-pair-share
  • Active Listening
  • Envoy
  • Jigsaw Activity
  • Find someone who
  • Peer assessment
  • Self assessment
  • Speed Questioning
  • Problems and solutions
  • Role play

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