Today we went to the Pacific School of Innovation and Inquiry located Downtown Victoria. I was throughly surprised to see the new practices of inquiry based learning actively being used right in front of my own eyes. The founder and principle of the school Jeff Hopkins discussed with us how the school started, how it works and the benefits of having an inquiry based schools. While some of us were skeptical on how this approach would work for all subjects, he was able to explain throughly how this really does work. He also told us that a lot of their students suffer from anxiety and depression which I found that the school is a great alternative for students who find public school with lots of people causes them to feel this way. They also had a sensory room with a weighted blanket, beanbag chair, and some fidgets to play with. I found this to be such a great resource for students to have in their own school because school can become very stressful and I think this can be extremely beneficial to students.
When walking around the students seemed very engaged and interested in what they were working on which was so great to see as most students in high school don’t seem to care about their school work so this school allows students to do work they are interested in. One girl that Jeff Hopkins told us about is making her own clothing line which I found fascinating that at such a young age these students are able to do this.
Overall, it was a great visit that opened my eyes and I really enjoyed seeing the inquiry based learning in action!