Thu Nov 30, 2017 9:10 PM
Great variation of resources
This SciGuide is very well put together. It has a variety of resources and lays them out in order of the topics that will be covered in a sensible order. I have been looking for interesting ways to portray the information that I will be teaching during my student teaching assignment and can use this guide to pull some ideas from. I liked the variety of teaching strategies that are included in this collection and the multiple ways that the content is portrayed. I have found that students can have a difficult time with much of the content in this area and teaching them in the ways portrayed in this guide will help keep my students engaged. I would recommend this to any chemistry teacher looking for a new way to present information on this content.
Wed Nov 29, 2017 10:01 AM
Good explanation of inquiry
As I get closer to my semester of student teaching, I have been looking for ways to incorporate inquiry into my lessons. Inquiry is exceptionally important when teaching science because it prepares students for real world applications in science and guides them to think like scientists. This collection helped with that by further explaining exactly what inquiry is and how it can be used. It does a good job of breaking down the different levels of inquiry in relatively short and easy to read articles. The article that I found to be the most helpful was Classroom Management and Inquiry-Based Learning: Finding Balance because it laid out concrete steps to incorporate this type of learning into lessons. It gave a lot of good examples that I could relate to. One thing that stood out to me while reading this collection was the idea of inquiry being not only hands-on, but also minds-on. This is a helpful realization as I often get in the habit of thinking a lesson has inquiry because it contains some hands on activities. However, it is equally, if not more, important for those activities to also get the students’ minds engaged as well as their hands. As a pre-service teacher, I found this collection to be very helpful and recommend it to anyone who is looking to dive deeper into inquiry teaching.