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Learning Science Through Inquiry

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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: Christine Collier ([email protected])
Date: Tue Jul 15 2003 - 11:38:39 EDT

  • Next message: [email protected]: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] re: assessments"

    The discussion is so important for the students in terms of processing their new understandings in relation to their previous thinking. Processing also helps students build connections to future learnings, wonderings, past experiences. If they seem bored, examine the strategies employed during this discussion period and as you watch the series, look at the strategies the teachers are using. The questions asked, writing or drawing before coming to the discussion table, and using strategies such as "think, pair, share" and fishbowling can provide ways for everyone to be involved in the discussion. Think about what your expectations for each student are and their accountability to the process.
    Hope this helps.
    Chris Collier
    Center for Inquiry, Indianapolis Public Schools

    >>> [email protected] 07/15/03 09:50 AM >>>
    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???


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