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It’s Just a Matter of Inquiry
“Students cannot possibly learn everything of value by time they leave school, but we can instill in them the desire to keep questioning throughout their lives.”
Inquiry based learning with students have become an essential requirement that constitutes the primary school culture at Houssam Eddine Hariri High School. This process helps learners become more creative, more positive, and more independent.
Throughout the six units of inquiry that were experienced under the transdisciplinary themes: “Who we are”, “Where we are in place and time”, “How we express ourselves”, “ How the world works”, “How we organize ourselves”, and “Sharing the planet”, our learners inquired by making connections and using their background knowledge and experiences to approach new situations. During the learning journey, they enthusiastically brought in objects and artifacts, described experiences, read literature, created and reflected on works of art, role played situations, wrote and sketched responses, conducted surveys and many more….
To move our learners from their current level of understanding to a new and deeper one, learners’ in all grade levels, have had the opportunity to explore issues of local as well as global significance. Human’s rights, global warming, conflict resolution, resource conservation, pollution, and environmental issues played an influential part in their research studies. They took decisions, acted responsibly towards these issues, and left an impact on the school community.
Inside the classrooms, learners interpreted the concepts in a broad sense. Inquiry expressions, such as help me understand, tell me more, I wonder if, what surprises you, as well as what do you think, represented how inquiry sounded like in the class. In addition to conversations and discussions, inquiry was evident in various learning engagements, filed trips, and cooperative work. Young learners explored, wondered, questioned, experimented and played with possibilities. In addition, they were exposed to problem solving contexts where they collected data, reported findings, and gained new perspectives.


Dina Jradi - Elementary School Director

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