Tue Nov 21, 2017 2:15 PM
Insight into Inquiry
As a current college student and student teacher I have always been curious as to how to bring more inquiry into my science classrooms. This collection breaks a lot of my questions down and makes student inquiry a less "scary" thing to bring into the classroom. Inquiry is absolutely necessary in science classrooms as all of these articles have pointed out, but inquiry is something that has to be practiced. This was something that I haven't really thought about and I'm glad so many of these articles mentioned this. As students practice inquiry based learning and inquiry activities, the teacher can become less involved and allow the students to structure their own learning. I think too it was great that one of the articles lay out how to simplify the inquiry instruction, all of our students have a different learning experience based on how they learn and what teachers they have had in the past. Thus, inquiry can be intimidating to not only the teacher but also the student. It was also important for me to note that we have different cycles and models of inquiry depending on what you are doing but you are always focusing on questions, data analysis, and critical thinking. Overall I think this collection is an absolute must for every science teacher or future science teacher to skim or read through. Inquiry in science is paramount, and these articles make it seem a little less daunting and allow you to really wrap your head around questions you may have. I will undoubtedly come back to these articles when I am full time teaching in the spring and also when I have a full time teaching job! Great collection and truly informative to anyone with questions about inquiry or how to teach with it!
Fri Nov 03, 2017 1:57 PM
Reproduction and Heredity SciGuide
I am doing my student teaching this coming Spring, and I will be taking on heredity and reproduction for about a months time. This SciGuide provides a ton of great videos, images, lessons, ideas and resources for not only the student but the teacher alike. The activities such as the DIY strawberry DNA and the Baby Build are directed in a way that students can put what they're learning into practice. This SciGuide also allows for great hands on student inquiry that will allow students to explore their topics even further with questions. I cannot wait to use some of these things in the classroom!