Inquiry Based Learning and STEAM

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"Teachers are Brain Changers" ~ Glenn Whitman and Ian Kelleher 

                                                        (Neuro-Teach-Brain Science and the Future of Education)


Research shows that there is no greater influence on student outcomes than teacher quality.


Mind, Brain, & Education Science informs the field of education that children brains undergo an

exponential period of development from birth to age 5; producing millions of neural connections

per second. These connections are influenced by relationships, experiences, and the environment.


At NBCC, we feel that teachers play a crucial & important role in helping children deepen their neural

pathways by paying attention their emotions & interests, and by offering lengthy and authentic inquiry.

We teach the whole child in ways that ignite all of the children's senses.


Inquiry Based Learning is rooted in the Dewey philosophy that learning is done best by interacting

and collaborating with others and through the investment of hands-on, minds-on inquiry. Our teaching

practices include intentionality, teaching for understanding, encouraging inquiry, and providing real

world contexts.


NBCC does this by:


  • building curriculum based on children's interests 
  • scaffolding on to children's current knowledge base; asking questions, hypothesizing, & creating opportunities for children's to experiment and make conclusions
  • supporting children in developing new skills
  • extending children's understanding of their world providing stimulating materials, tools, and literacy to aid in their learning
  • cultivating an environment that fosters curiosity
  • documenting children's learning via photo's, journals, quotes, art, & creations
  • using NAEYC's Developmentally Appropriate Practices & the Preschool Learning Foundations 


NBCC also integrates science, technology, engineering, art, and math throughout & across the curriculums; 

providing language and tools to heighten children's perception of their work and play and how

it relates to each discipline.


"Education... is a process of living and not a preparation for future living" ~ John Dewey