An image of 21st century teachers
• Lifelong learner
• A collector of many
An image of 21st century learners
• Problem poser and
• Critical thinker
• Active citizens
• Transferor of many
Encompassing inquiry learning within a
classroom of the 21st century
• Meaningful learning occurs.
• Builds upon children’s prior knowledge and
• Authentically integrates learning areas of The
Australian National Curriculum.
• Reflection of the real world.
• Incorporates the voice of the child; children
are active participants throughout the
Proposed inquiry question and the
motivation driving it
Focus model of inquiry:
International Baccalaureate (IB)
Primary Years Programme (PYP)
The International Baccalaureate: Primary Years
Programme (IB: PYP) is an educational framework
which strives to cultivate internationally-minded
citizens of the 21st century, who are equipped with the
skills and understanding necessary for our society
today. It is a framework which encompasses inquiry
learning, and integrates the traditional subject areas,
so as to provide children with an enriched
understanding of the world.
Questioning… a natural human
• Through encompassing the whole child, it is imperative that
we also honor their questions, it is through doing this that
we are constructing a classroom of enriched learning; as it
is based on what a child desires to know, not what an adult
requires them to know.
• Encouraging children to ask the hard questions which are
worth finding out about (Clark, 2002)
• Placing an emphasis on the questions, and the potential
discoveries to follow, not whether children will find the
correct answer (Clark, 2002).
Embedding assessment throughout the
• Assessment for learning
• Provides further insight
• Enables thorough differentiation
• Rich tasks
• Valid and reliable
Examples of authentic assessment to be
incorporated throughout the integrated
Sample lesson plans
Sample Experience Plan 1 Sample experience Plan 2
Integrating the curriculum enriches childrens learning
experiences and acknowledges them as citizens of today,
as opposed to tomorrow; a child’s voice and perspectives
are listened to and embraced in the classroom, as opposed
to being heavily teacher directed.
Children are able to acquire a deeper understanding of the
important concepts of the world and they are assessed in
learning situations which they are likely to excel in.
Integrating the curriculum is bringing the diversity and
richness of the world into the classroom, and cultivating
human beings who will make tomorrow better than the
world is today.
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