IBL is short for Inquiry Based Learning and means just that... learning based on inquiry or inquiring. It's a way of learning that values the curiousity of the learner and the wonders and questions they may have about something (e.g. a topic or event).

Typical Parts/Stages of IBL

*Planning for the Inquiry (identifying a topic area - wonder and question)
*Retrieving Relevant Information (locating, collecting and evaluating resources)
*Processing the Information (choosing pertinent info; recording info)
*Creating a Product (organizing info; creating a product suitable for the audience; revising and editing)
*Sharing the Product (sharing the findings/product with the audience)
*Evaluating the Product and the Inquiry (what went well; what will I do differently/the same next time)
(Adapted from: Alberta Learning. Learning and Teaching Resources Branch. (2004). Focus on inquiry: A teacher's guide to implementing inquiry-based learning. Edmonton, Alberta, Canada: Author.)
The skills needed to work at/through each of the parts or stages of inquiry are built on each year beginning at kindergarten and on through grade 5.

The inquiry work that we undertake with our students is based on curricular outcomes with the homeroom teacher selecting the subject area and topic. The 'units' are collaboratively planned and taught by the teacher and teacher-librarian. Units are typically 6 to 8 weeks in length: working together every 2nd day for about 2 periods on each of these days.

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