Read about ‘Approaches to teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme’ (IBO, 2018). Focus on ‘Teaching based on inquiry’ strand (IBO, 2018, p. 15) and complete the matrix based on experiences in yo

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Read about ‘Approaches to teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme’ (IBO, 2018). Focus on ‘Teaching based on inquiry’ strand (IBO, 2018, p. 15) and complete the matrix based on experiences in your classroom.  Do you incorporate teaching based on an inquiry into your lessons? Is this a common practice when planning lessons? Why or why not?

your work should include examples of real class experience and make sure you cite at least three sources both from outside and the ones that are presented in the reference section.

This assignment will be assessed using the Portfolio Activity rubric.


1. Approaches to teaching and learning. (n.d.). ib Diploma Programme.

  • Approaches to teaching and learning in the Diploma Programme reflection tool has been designed to help Diploma Programme (DP) teachers “audit” and reflect upon approaches to teaching and learning in their classrooms (IBO, 2018). It is intended as a tool to help individual teachers reflect on their current practice, as well as a way to promote and stimulate discussion among colleagues within and across departments.

2. Chemistry guide (first assessment 2016). (2014, February). IB Diploma Programme.

  • Read about Group 4 Projects (pages 184-189 ) -This publication is intended to guide the planning, teaching, and assessment of the subject in schools. Subject teachers are the primary audience, although it is expected that teachers will use the guide to inform students and parents about the subject.

3. Edwards, G. J. (2002). Make Your Own Project-Based Lesson Plan. Educator and Curriculum Development Specialist Unlimited Learning, 12–13.

  • Some learners perceive their “world” as a whole, where all things are interconnected and dependent upon each other (Edwards, 2002). These “integrated” students face major challenges in coping with our dominant educational, social, and economic systems, which tend to present information in a linear fashion without the necessity of integration into meaningful contexts. This resource is a guide on how to make your own project-based lesson plan. It can be used to develop an educational project that includes a specific outcome while teaching academic skills.

4. Lamberg, T., & Trzynadlowski, N. (2015, July). How STEM academy teachers conceptualize and implement STEM education. Journal of Research in STEM Education, 1(1), 45–58.

  • This study specifically seeks to understand how teachers in STEM schools interpret what the word “STEM” represents and how they implement STEM in the classroom (Lamberg & Trzynadlowski, 2015). This study investigates how seven elementary teachers in three STEM academy schools conceptualize and implement STEM in their classrooms.

5. Schaut, M. (2014, October 30). A brief overview of the 7E inquiry model. Prezi.

  • Sometimes a current model must be amended to maintain its value after new information, insights, and knowledge have been gathered. Such is now the case with the highly successful 5E learning cycle and instructional model (Eisenkraft, 2003).

6. Thomas, J. W. (2000, March). A review of research on project-based learning. Download the PDF here.

  • Project-based learning (PBL) is a model that organizes learning around projects (Thomas, 2000). Teachers who employ PBL are able to set complex tasks, based on challenging questions or problems, that involve students in design, problem-solving, decision making, or investigative activities; give students the opportunity to work relatively autonomously over extended periods of time, and culminate in realistic products or presentations.

Smithsonian Science Education Center. (2016, February 13). Effective Inquiry-Based STEM Education [Video]. YouTube.


  • The Smithsonian Science Education Center addresses systemic change in STEM Education within a school, district, region or state. We do this by supporting education leaders, including teachers, through superior professional development and leadership training to ultimately see a measurable increase in student achievement.

St. Clare’s, Oxford. (2014, April 14). IB Science Group 4 Project Video [Video]. YouTube.

  • This video clip is about group 4 project done by a group of DP students. A group 4 project is an interdisciplinary activity in which all Diploma Programme science students must participate. The intention is that students from different group 4 subjects analyze a common topic or problem. The exercise should be a collaborative experience where the emphasis is on the processes involved in, rather than the products of, such an activity. In most cases, students in a school would be involved in the investigation of the same topic. Where there are large numbers of students, it is possible to divide them into several smaller groups containing representatives from each of the science subjects. Each group may investigate the same topic or different topics—that is, there may be several group 4 projects in the same school (IBO, 2014, p. 185).

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