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Does anyone teach pre-IB Inquiry Skills?

Jun 27, 2013 7:06am

To prepare our incoming 9th grade students for the IB program, they all take a class called Inquiry Skills--basically notetaking, study skills, time management skills, and writing MLA research papers. Last year was my first year teaching this course, and I'm still trying to make it as effective as possible. I'd love ideas.

  • English Language Arts / Other
  • 9-12
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    • Jul 9, 2013 1:57pm


      Those are such important skills for students - what a great course. As for writing the research papers, you could align that section to the CCSS on research to prepare students for success in college, As for the other skills, it may be helpful to expose students to various ways to take notes, manage time, etc... because what works for some students may not work for others. If you do teach one specific method, be sure to use lots of scaffolding and assess student learning at each step. Often, students are more engaged and are more likely to adopt a practice for life (I.e, notecards vs. Cornell notes) if they can choose what best fits their learning style.

      Hope this helps!

      Katie Novak

      • Nov 4, 2014 1:56pm

        You should contact a MYP school in your area - to see how IB inquiry skills are taught at the middle school level. I teach at a PYP school - so what we do is probably too elementary.

        • Jun 5, 2016 5:01pm

          I would research the IB's Approaches to Learning Skills and tackle both "Research" and "Self-Management". The IB's ATL descriptors are where you would choose to springboard the learning.