Curiosity is a natural attribute of a young mind. Nurturing that trait encourages students to take a vested interest in the subject they are learning about. It takes planning and patience to allow a student’s curiosity to guide a lesson, but that is exactly what is happening in the classrooms at Westlake Middle School in subjects all across the board.
Encouraging students to be curious, ask questions, and investigate answers teaches them to take an active part in their education. Trevor MacKenzie, an award winning English teacher and Instructional Coach focusing on inquiry, highlighted the benefits that come with inquiry based learning. Nurturing students’ passions, fostering curiosity and a love of learning and developing strong research skills are just a few. This type of open-ended teaching encourages students across the world to become active, compassionate and lifelong learners who understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right - a guiding principle in the IB framework.