“The world is but a school of inquiry” - Michel de Montaigne
On April 27, Grades 1-MR and 1-DM presented the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer to Early Years and Lower School students. The grade 1 assembly was hosted by Charlotte Catane of 1-MR and Alyssa Janine Khar of 1-DM.
These presenters raised one question to the audience: “What do great inventors, scientist, and philosophers have in common?” And the answer is they all ask questions. One thing that these innovators share with children is they learn through asking questions. “Asking questions is the single most important habit for innovative thinkers,” says Paul Sloane, the UK’s top leadership speaker on innovation. It’s the simplest and most effective way of learning.
Grade 1 students pondered on questions through a choral recitation which was received with applause from the audience. They recited Zebra Questions and Asking Questions.
Have you ever wondered how many questions do you ask in a day? The video “What Questions Did You Ask Today?” by Chic Thompson Production addressed that question. According to the video, the average five-year-old asks 65 questions per day, most of them starting with “why.” The average 44-year-old manager only asks six questions per day; most of them starting with “when,” “where,” or “how much.” Whoa! Look at that huge gap! Here’s the link to this video to fully appreciate its lesson. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O6ZnJIdgc1A
Asking questions is a practice that we should use every day. Yet somehow we have forgotten this lesson as we get older. People are afraid that by asking questions they will look weak, ignorant or unsure. This video aims to enlighten people to continue to ask the right questions because we can learn and understand more if we ask the right questions.
Grade 1 students related the IB Learner Profile: Inquirer to an international celebration on April 22: The Earth Day. One great question that they ask is “How can you help Mother Earth?” To answer that question, they presented a shadow play using the “Earth Song” popularized by Michael Jackson. The song highlighted environmental issues such as deforestation and human destruction through questions. It was very informative and inspiring.
Indeed, the shadow play was thought-provoking and encouraged every one to love the Mother Earth. Before the assembly was ended, grade 1 students left an inspiring message to the audience by dancing The Planet Earth Dance. “We all live in this world together and we can help to make it better.”
The assembly performance was both inspiring and educational. The audience gave these students a round of applause for their amazing performance and hard work.