Tip for tutors: Using inquiry-based learning approach in tutoring 5/5 (3)

For decades now teachers and educational system throughout the world are working towards the betterment of the current educational system. Extensive research has been conducted in order to find better and improved ways of teaching and educating children.  This development is not done at a national level, but almost every country in the world is joining hands in order to improve the future educational system. This extensive research has led to perhaps one of the most effective teaching system so far: the inquiry-based learning approach.
A large number of tutors have quickly understood the success of this approach and thus they have started to implement it already. In order to make the inquiry-based learning approach effective and efficient; we have listed some really good tips for the teachers.
Planning the lecture
Yes, the key is to go with the flow, but that does not mean that you should allow your students to de-track you. As a tutor, it is your responsibility and job to make sure that the results are going in the right direction. If you do not plan your lecture before time, there is a high possibility that during the lecture you are bound to get distracted. Allow students to ask questions, but be sure to reframe those questions in accord with your topic and then ask them again. This will encourage students to ask question according to that particular topic.
Pause and change course when needed
When a child is allowed to question whatever comes in his/her mind, he or she is bound to come up with questions that are not relevant to the topic at hand. It is the tutor’s job to ensure that they students are always on the right track. When they ask questions that are not relevant, the teacher should take a pause and change the course of the discussion. He/she can do that by simply asking questions of his/her own.
Involving students in the inquiry classroom
In order to engage all the students in the classroom, it is important that you provide each and everyone equal opportunity to contribute. To do that you can start by dividing your students into two small groups. Assign task and time to each group and allow them to compete with each other. This will encourage every student in the group to put in more effort in order to win. It also challenges students to test their abilities.
Don’t tell facts, on the contrary, let them learn
A famous adage “Tell me and I will forget, show me and I will remember, involve me and I will understand” is the perfect depiction of the inquiry-based classrooms. Instead of simply telling the students fact, it is imperative that you allow them to probe on their own. If you go about telling facts, they are bound to get bored and distracted. However, if you allow them to come up with their own conclusion, they will pay heed to whatever is going on in the classroom.

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