Flexibility & responsiveness

We understand that teachers must adapt to the diverse needs and interests of their students. For MBI, we emphasize the importance of flexibility and responsiveness in implementing MBI in your classroom.


Flexibility in MBI Implementation


Flexibility is essential for teachers to effectively implement MBI in their classrooms. Each educational environment is unique, presenting its own set of challenges and opportunities. As educators, we recognize that adhering strictly to a predefined template or unit plan may not always be feasible or beneficial. Therefore, we encourage teachers to approach MBI with a mindset of flexibility, allowing them to tailor their instructional strategies to meet the specific needs of their students and adapt to the dynamic nature of the learning process.


Example of Flexibility in Practice:


In response to the challenges faced by teachers regarding flexibility within local teaching contexts, we advocate for a flexible approach to the MBI planning template. While the planning template provides a structured framework for designing MBI units, it is important to recognize that deviations from the template may be necessary to accommodate varying classroom dynamics, pacing requirements, or student needs. For instance, teachers may choose to conclude a unit earlier than prescribed in the template if time constraints dictate, or they may incorporate additional resources or activities to enhance student understanding and engagement.


Responsiveness to Student Needs


In addition to flexibility, responsiveness is another key aspect of effective MBI implementation. Teachers must be attuned to the ideas, questions, and needs of their students, adapting their instruction accordingly to support meaningful learning experiences. By being responsive, educators can foster a classroom environment where students feel valued, supported, and empowered to explore scientific phenomena in depth.


Example of Responsiveness in Practice:


To address the evolving needs and interests of students, teachers are encouraged to integrate unplanned sensemaking activities within the MBI unit. These activities may arise organically as students engage with the scientific content, prompting teachers to adjust their instructional approach in real-time. By embracing spontaneity and allowing for student-driven inquiry, educators can create opportunities for deeper learning and discovery within the MBI framework.




Flexibility and responsiveness are fundamental principles of Model-Based Inquiry, enabling teachers to adapt their instructional practices to meet the diverse needs of their students. At ModelBasedInquiry.com, we support educators in embracing these principles as they implement MBI in their classrooms, empowering them to create dynamic and engaging learning experiences that inspire curiosity, critical thinking, and scientific inquiry.