Scientific Inquiry at ISB: A Sneak Peek into ISB’s Science Classrooms
At ISB, one of our core values is inquiry-based learning. Through ISB’s International Baccalaureate (IB) program, students have the unique opportunity to ask big questions, interpret their findings, and connect their learning to their everyday lives. Our two Science Teachers, Alicia Smith and Kimesha Reid-Grant, discuss what they love about teaching science and how inquiry-based learning plays a role in science at ISB.
Kimesha shares, “I love the Eureka moments for students and how they ask questions. Once students learn the skills and background knowledge, then they can create hypotheses and explore the possibilities.” Engaging students in asking questions is fundamental to teaching and learning science at ISB. Alicia agrees, “I love that science class gives students an opportunity to ask questions, develop questions, and really embrace the process of scientific inquiry.”
Both teachers also speak about how ISB has an incredible student-centered focus, a key principle in the IB program. Kimesha shares, “Project-based learning gives students choices based on their interests and it develops their sense of ownership in their own process of learning.” Ms. Alicia echoes this and adds, “We want students to bring their own ideas to class and students really have a voice in their learning.”
Kimesha shares more about the learning process at ISB, “Students learn self-reflection with a constant focus on improving. I always want students to think critically about the methods and processes behind the experiments.” Our students develop many skills in critical thinking, creativity, self-reflection, and data-analysis. Alicia shares, “Scientific inquiry helps students become less swayed by influence and instead, more focused on validity and asking questions, not just accepting the status quo or what you’ve been told. I always ask our younger students, would you believe me if I told you the sky is purple? You need evidence!”
Connections between science and everyday life are powerful!. Kimesha shares, “I like that students can make connections to their everyday lives and that they’re seeing these connections every day. The process of learning is connected, not in a vacuum.” Alicia adds, “I want students to see the science in everyday life and the importance of gathering data and interpreting data because data is everywhere!”