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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: COLETTE DRYDEN (CDRYDEN@richlandone.org)
Date: Tue Jul 15 2003 - 11:01:02 EDT

  • Next message: ROBERT DUNLAP: "Re: [Teacher-talkinquiry] re: reflection on first session"

    Hi Lindsay,
         I think the trick is to become an expert questioner and teach your kids how to formulate good questions. What grade do you teach? Depending on the grade level, you may want to include some mini-lessons on "fat" vs. "skinny" questions. Fat questions have meat to them, are open-ended, and typically begin with words like why do you think, etc. Skinny ones are more specific and have correct answers. Learning to question kids in a manner that promotes their thinking - and not giving the answers - seems to help. Am I making sense?

    Colette Dryden
    Elementary Science & Math Specialist
    Richland School District One
    Office of Curriculum & Standards
    Waverly Administration Center
    1225 Oak Street
    Columbia, SC 29204
    803-733-6214 (w)
    803-733-3053 FAX)

    >>> Blesll@aol.com 07/15/03 10:14AM >>>
    I am probably sending this into the void...(I am watching the series on tape
    and am joining this discussion several months late as a result, hopefully
    there are others out there...)

    The question that is most pressing for me (in terms of doing inquiry based
    science) is how to guide my students to make meaning of their experiences. I
    have been doing inquiry based science in my classroom since I started teaching,
    I am much more interested and comfortable with facilitating investigations
    than with lecturing. My problem is with the discussion/reflection component of
    the process. I often feel that students become bored with discussion, that
    they would much prefer to follow directions and to be given the answers when we
    are finished. I think their reactions are tied in to my inability to motivate
    them properly-they do not feel the effort involved in puzzling things out is
    wirth the effort. If any one is out there???

    Lindsay

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