• At PYP schools, including Coyote Ridge, teachers deliver instruction through inquiry. IB defines inquiry as “allowing students to be actively involved in their own learning and to take responsibility for that learning.”

     The role of the teacher in a PYP classroom is to guide students to deeper levels of understanding by designing learning experiences that allow students to connect new information to prior knowledge. In the classrooms at Coyote Ridge, you will find students collaborating with each other to solve problems, investigating ideas, and conducting research. Students are encouraged to continue inquiring outside of the classroom. Parents report to teachers that their children constantly ask questions and seek out answers at home.

      Inquiry includes:

    ·         Exploring, wondering, and questioning

    ·         Experimenting and playing with possibilities

    ·         Making connections between previous learning and current learning

    ·         Making predictions and acting purposefully to see what happens

    ·         Collecting data and reporting findings

    ·         Clarifying existing ideas and reappraising perceptions of events

    ·         Deepening understanding through the application of a concept

    ·         Making and testing theories

    ·         Researching and seeking information

    ·         Taking and defending a position

    ·         Solving problems in a variety of ways