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Teacher-TalkInquiry is the email discussion list for Learning Science Through Inquiry. Participants in the workshops, content guides, and Channel staff will participate in this discussion list throughout the broadcast of the workshop series.

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From: Edee Wiziecki (edeew@ncsa.uiuc.edu)
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 13:47:52 EST

  • Next message: Bulach, Gail: "RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do Inquiry"

    Gayle, I couldn't agree with you more about time. Time is a teacher's
    enemy--there is no question in my mind about that! But, when I taught
    middle school in the not too distant past, I remember thinking that I had
    to "cover it all" but found out that if I chose depth over breath that no
    "curriculum police" came to haul me away. I was able to teach more of the
    "big picture" concepts in a number of different contexts. And the best
    part was that my children did no worse on assessment (and a bit better on
    "thinking" type questions) than those who were text-book driven and covered
    the whole text in a year. I was fortunate to have an administrator who
    allowed me to take risks. I guess that is the key as well. Edee

    At 12:32 PM 3/20/2001 -0500, you wrote:
    >I agree with GeeGee about the prescribed time span we are given and the vast
    >amount of topics we are to cover. My problem is how do I get it all done
    >by the end of the year? I think the child- centered investigation is the
    >best of all choices, but we are pushed so much to accomplish the given
    >curriculum. There sometimes isn't enough time to spend inquiring about one
    >topic without the worry of "time". I find myself squeezing the last part of
    >the unit in and not being as thorough as I should. It's all a matter of
    >adopted curriculum.
    >Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
    >Gayle
    >
    >
    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Hall, Georgia [SMTP:Hall-G@TROY.K12.OH.US]
    > Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2001 10:10 AM
    > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > Subject: RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do
    >Inquiry
    >
    > Thanks, Scott. This is a concern of mine given the "required" units
    >we are
    > expected to "cover" here in our district. I'm hoping this will
    >work, but as
    > our units are very large...lots of "hit a lick" type coverage... I
    >still
    > wonder how it will work with inquiry method and still be able to get
    >through
    > what I am expected to do in the year's time.
    >
    > > -----Original Message-----
    > > From: Scott Lane [SMTP:lanes@mediaone.net]
    > > Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 4:53 PM
    > > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > > Subject: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do Inquiry
    > >
    > > Fred Stein states three methods of moving a "hands on kit" toward
    >more of
    > > an investigation. I couldn't agree more with him that "kits
    >provide
    > > excellent starting points" for teachers. I find that true
    >especially with
    > > the Foss kits. Consistently, students are more inquisitive and
    >motivated
    > > when the tasks within the kits aware completed. They also find
    >the kits
    > > are limited in their direction. Fred Stein's suggestion of using
    >the
    > > questions that come as the next investigations seems like a
    >terrific way
    > > to reinforce and extend concepts. I was pleased to receive his
    > > suggestions. I'll post some results as the year progresses.
    > >
    >
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