Starting at AISB in 2013 it was my first position in a PYP school, or where I was first able to gain experience (to put on my CV) that showed inquiry teaching. Initially, coming into the PYP I felt overwhelmed by, what looking back I consider to be, unnecessary buzzwords or lingo linked to the PYP without a clear understanding on how the hip lingo would transfer to a classroom, or more specifically the gym.
As I have continued my development as a PE teacher at AISB, I have come to the understanding that inquiry is not a specific philosophy solely of the IB, it's just good practice.
Creating an environment where students draw and make connections with their prior learning, whilst being given a voice to make real choices about their learning are, I believe, the foundations for inquiry. Learning is a two way process both for myself as the teacher and the students, through collaboration and cooperation students are able to enhance their capable, creative and curious minds; we learn from and with others. As inquiry driven teachers we have a responsibility to promote a growth mindset, setting challenging work and ensuring that in the face of adversity, they are able to persist, question, reflect and learn from their mistakes.
I am in my 8th year teaching PE and my fourth as a PYP PE teacher, yet I continually feel like I am scratching at the surface in trying to ensure I have a maximal impact upon my students lives... and this excites me! I only hope that my students will enjoy to continuing to scratch the surface!