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Teaching Through Inquiry:
Combining Course Materials with Student-Driven Learning

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Segment: Young Learners

Hosted by: National Geographic Learning Global

Category: Critical Thinking, Trends and Insights

Presenter: Melissa Zaramella

Teaching and learning through inquiry is a fundamental element of the International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme and is important for many other institutions that work with inquiry-based methodologies. Inquiry-based learning encourages student-centered, relevant problem solving and develops students’ critical thinking skills.

As educators, how can we make space for inquiry in our classrooms and empower our students to follow their interests while meeting the demands of the curriculum? In this webinar, we will take a deep dive into the elements of inquiry pedagogy, examine the different forms inquiry can take, and explore how we can use National Geographic Learning materials to promote experimentation and individualization in class. You will learn how to enrich your students’ learning with this approach and develop young inquiring minds in your classroom.

Melissa Therriault Zaramella is an educator working in Brazil. She holds a Master’s of Education from University of Calgary, and has worked as an English Language teacher as well as a classroom teacher in a bilingual International school setting. Melissa led the IB Primary Years Programme teaching team at Sphere International School for over 10 years and has been a contributing writer and editor of inquiry and concept-based teaching materials for students in preschool through Year 5. Currently she is working as a consultant in the implementation of new language programs, as well as directly supporting teachers in her role as a teaching and learning coach in various schools.

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