About the Workshop
What Is Inquiry and Why Do It?
workshop presents an overview of why inquiry is such a powerful
approach to teaching and learning science how it enables
you to assess and meet the needs of a wide range of learners,
how it taps children's natural curiosity, and how it deepens
their understanding of science.
Setting the Stage: Creating a Learning Community
At the heart of
inquiry teaching and learning is a positive environment that
encourages and supports students on their learning paths.
This program looks at what is needed for building that foundation
and preparing your students for inquiry investigations.
The Process Begins: Launching the Inquiry Exploration
To inquire into
specific scientific phenomena, students need to draw upon
a foundation of experience. This program shows how you can
encourage students to share and discuss what they already
know, and to explore the materials and phenomena in an open-ended
Focus the Inquiry: Designing the Exploration
exploration leads to a range of interests and questions that
lead in turn to deeper investigation. This program looks at
the design processhow you can guide students to plan
and begin their investigations.
The Inquiry Continues: Collecting Data and Drawing Upon Resources
This program explores
ways that inquirers collect and record first-hand data, just
as scientists do, and observe, raise questions, make predictions,
test hypotheses, and develop understanding. It also examines
how other resources and outside expertise can help your students
formulate patterns and relationships.
Bring It All Together: Processing for Meaning During Inquiry
from investigations and experience requires that you guide
student dialogue, encouraging your students to make connections,
draw conclusions, and ask new questions. This program looks
at the rationale for this kind of processing, and strategies
that can help students construct new mental frameworks.
an ongoing process in the classroom. This program looks at
a variety of assessment strategies that range from the very
informal formative assessments to formal summative assessments,
and explores the purposes each can serve.
Connecting Other Subjects to Inquiry
This program explores how to use subjects like mathematics
and language to further scientific inquiry and understanding
of science concepts, and conversely, how science can aid learning
in other subjects. It also reiterates the benefits of learning
science through inquiry and explores your "next steps"
along the inquiry journey.
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