Questions/ The Inquirer

Eugen Ionesco said: “It is not the answer that enlightens, but the question.”

In my practice as an art teacher, I tried more and more to apply inquiry-based learning experiences. Before the week starts, I prepare my lesson and I research different inquiry bases learning pedagogy.

So I was delighted to discover from Eduro Learning, Kim Cofino, # coach better 5 Minute Friday. Read about how you can use questions in your practice, in her blog “The Anatomy of a Great Question”.

It is always helpful to hear and read the tips from Kim Cofino and her 5 minutes Friday.

Also two weeks ago, we had great timing to talk more in our schools about the importance of questions in our teaching practice.

Our PYP coordinator, Michelle, introduces us to a fantastic choice of books from our library and I already picked two exciting books.

“Essential Questions/ Opening Doors to Student Understanding” by McTighe and Wigging and “The Power of Inquiry” by Kath Murdoch.



Inquiry-based learning is very important in our school, at ISB(International School Busan).

I was happy to see that we have amazing educators who are applying every day those concepts.

For The Inquiry Cycle we follow those models, from Kath Murdoch and IB Philosophy:

After reading many materials and books, I made a directed way of inquiry-based teaching applying concepts from Project Zero, “Artful Thinking Palette”

Project Zero


What makes you say that?

Creative questions

In my art class I showed my students an artwork with the big word “POP”, and I asked them what do they imagine behind the story.

Then I invited them to recreate the story in their own way, letting the imagination free. The artworks were amazing.

Another model that many of our teachers in ISB use is the concept:

See, Think, Wonder?


Trying to combine also the use of the digital tools in their inquiry, I introduced Brain Pop activities.

Brain Pop was a new educational tool, that I discovered that can be used also to assign tasks. A few weeks ago,  I used it for the 1st Grade to make a quiz game with my young student. In one game I inquire about drawing and we made a test about vocabulary.


The journey still continues and we have ongoing conversations with our colleagues and students every day, what are the essential questions for our life and learning experience.

My COETAIL instructor, Joel Bevans draw my attention to a very important model of inquiry-based learning from Project Zero. A very valuable resource.

Understanding map circle.

Do you practice similar concepts?

What kind of inquiry-based methods do you use in your practice?