Life Science

Evolution and Inquiry Based Learninig

Mon Nov 27, 2017 7:01 PM

A few weeks ago, I taught a 10 day unit plan for my practicum class in a 10th grade biology class. I taught evolution and it went decently well but most of my lesson plans revolved around a more traditional approach: do a mini lecture then do a dry lab then a worksheet. I know there is nothing inherently wrong with this but I just felt it to be a bit boring. Next semester I will be student teaching and I will have another opportunity to teach the information but I want to include more inquiry into the lessons. So my question is, what are some resources that I can use to get more inquiry based learning into my classroom? I feel it is quite difficult to teach inquiry based learning for something like evolution. Any pointer would be helpful. Thank you so much!

Derrick Walter
Derrick Walter
240 Activity Points

Thu Feb 15, 2018 9:56 PM

Derrick, you might be interested in the virtual conference.

Coming up is a virtual conference on March 3 - Teaching Controversial Topics in Science. You can learn more about the conference at the URL below:
http://learningcenter.nsta.org/virtualconference

Registration is only $63 for members and there is a $10 off offer (early bird) available through next week Friday, February 16. Do take advantage of this offer and encourage others you know to do so as well.

Pamela Dupre
Pam Dupre
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Tue Dec 19, 2017 10:48 AM

Hi Derrick,

I found an article within the Learning Center that discusses an online resource for teaching evolution. See if this can be of help:

http://common.nsta.org/resource/default.aspx?id=10.2505%2f4%2ftst05_072_09_26

Let me know what you think! Also, does anyone else have specific lessons that could help?
-Megan

Megan Doty
Megan Doty
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