Inquiry within and outside the classroom:
Sharing and Reflections during Professional Development Days:
Enquiry: A poem
There is no limit to knowledge,
It’s good for us all, at any age, at any time.
Learning should be a priority, a privilege,
Being knowledgeable is commendable, it’s not a crime.
Life is all about asking questions,
Finding answers, realising our mistakes
Hoping to miss premonitions,
Thinking about uncertainty, chances and the feeling of not knowing just aches.
In chemistry we ask about states and content,
In biology, about loosestrife.
In mathematics, about measurement,
In TOK, we look at different aspects of life.
It’s wonderful to see,
How satisfying answers can be,
It’s a great feeling, it must be your desire
To learn, teach and enquire.
It’s important to know,
It makes you a learned human being.
As geography teaches you about our globe,
History allows you to understand what you’re not seeing.
You don’t waste time when you learn,
Don’t ask questions until you have trained yourself not to know the answers wisely,
Because it’s good to be curious, and show concern,
And that will be the moment when you become an Oracle of inquiry.
Would you rather remain contained of unbearable irritation?
Or would you rather switch roles and answer every day,
Make enquiry a temptation,
Make it a necessity of your life every day.
Armaan Kantawala (Grade 11), April 2017