Training Teachers to Teach Critical Thinking. How KIPP educators instruct their colleagues to enhance their classroom practice. KIPP King Collegiate High School principal Jason Singer trains his teachers to lead Socratic discussions (above); Katie Kirkpatrick (right), dean of instruction, developed a step-by-step framework -- described below -- for teaching students basic critical-thinking skills. Credit: Zachary Fink Thinking critically is one thing, but being able to teach it can be quite another. Katie Kirkpatrick, dean of instruction at KIPP King Collegiate High School, developed the school's Speech & Composition class, a requirement for all students. Define what critical thinking in the classroom is. It's an approach to teaching that allows students to make sense of the content. How is your training session structured?
It's a three-hour training on the frameworks that I use in my own course, which I generated from the Toulmin Model of Argumentation. What are the right kinds of questions to ask? That's just a first step. What is Inquiry-Based Learning? Inquiry-Based Learning. Inquiry Based Teaching: Reasons To Use Inquiry Based Teaching. Inquiry Learning Vs. Standardized Content: Can They Coexist? By Thom Markham As Common Core State Standards are incorporated from school to school across the country, educators are discussing their value.
It may seem that educators are arguing over whether the CCSS will roll out as a substitute No Child Left Behind curriculum or as an innovative guide to encourage inquiry rather than rote learning. In reality, as time will prove, we’re arguing over whether content standards are still appropriate. Everyday there is less standardization of information, making it nearly impossible to decide what a tenth-grader should know. There is only one resolution to the debate. If you’re a teacher in tune with the needs of your students, you sense the disconnect between the curriculum and reality.
So how can you, as a teacher, help move the dialogue forward? But PBL is the near-term solution. REDEFINE RIGOR. TEACH INQUIRY SKILLS. MAKE COHORTS AND TEAMS THE PRACTICE, NOT THE EXCEPTION. Team learning. SEE THE BALANCE BETWEEN INQUIRY AND CONTENT AS A DYNAMIC. Learning Science Through Inquiry. Frequently Asked Questions About Inquiry Workshop 1 | Workshop 2 | Workshop 3 | Workshop 4 | Workshop 5 Workshop 6 | Workshop 7 | Workshop 8 Contributing Authors: Christine Collier - principal of the Center for Inquiry, a K-8 magnet/option school in the Indianapolis Public School district Judith Johnson - associate professor of science education at the University of Central Florida; associate director of the Lockheed Martin/University of Central Florida Academy of Mathematics and Science Lisa Nyberg - assistant professor in the education department at California State University, Fresno Virginia Lockwood - staff developer and consultant, District 2 New York City 1.
Inquiry teaching is allowing students’ questions and curiosities to drive curriculum. 2. In an inquiry-based classroom, students aren't waiting for the teacher or someone else to provide an answer — instead, they are actively seeking solutions, designing investigations, and asking new questions. 3. Top 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12. Steps to Inquiry. VoicEd.ca has invited Canadian bloggers writing about education to post their “best” entry of 2012.
This may a piece of writing to which they feel particularly attached, something that received some good response, or an entry that got others thinking in a different way. We’ll be featuring these pieces in this space over the next couple of weeks with the hopes that readers might find them to be a good review of where our thinking has taken us over the past year. Feel free to join in the conversation, or submit your own entry for posting! The following blog entry is from Louise Robitaille who blogs at Inquiry-based Learning. Step 1: Teachers gather and collect as much information as possible on the subject, to help students with research, investigations and inquiries. Step 2: Teachers help to develop background knowledge for students. Step 3: Teachers share mentor texts and model lessons. Step 4: Teachers give students a choice of what they would like to learn more about. Inquiry Based Science: What Does It Look Like? "Inquiry Based Science: What Does It Look Like?
" Connect Magazine (published by Synergy Learning), March-April 1995, p. 13. To help in answering this question, teachers and administrators participating in the Vermont Elementary Science Project observed and discussed the actions of students engaged in hands-on, minds-on science exploration. Then they created this, "On the Run Reference Guide to the Nature of Elementary Science for the student " (1991, with revisions 1992) They wrote, "The intent is not to use this guide as a checklist, but as a statement of what we value in the areas of science processes, science dispositions, and science concept development We urge you to capture evidence of your own students engaging in these indicators " When students are doing inquiry based science, an observer will see that: Children View Themselves as Scientists in the Process of Learning. 1. Children Accept an "Invitation to Learn" and Readily Engage in The Exploration Process. 1.
AEC394/WC075: What Is Inquiry-Based Instruction? Anna J. Warner and Brian E. Myers2 Introduction Educators should constantly evaluate and adjust their teaching approaches to meet the educational needs of their students and society. Federal, state, and local legislation has underscored the importance of developing students' abilities and performance in science, math, reading, and writing. Agricultural educators have the unique ability to incorporate all of these elements into their classrooms and teaching through the context of agriculture. What is Inquiry-Based Teaching? Inquiry-based teaching is a teaching method that combines the curiosity of students and the scientific method to enhance the development of critical thinking skills while learning science. Students engage in five activities when they engage in inquiry learning and use the scientific method, as noted in the National Science Education Standards published by the National Academy of Sciences.
Figure 1. Tasks of Inquiry Example 1 Example Step 1: Question Step 2: Investigate U.S. Web-based Inquiry Science Environment (WISE) Java UpdateJan 15, 2014 On January 14, 2014, a new version of Java was released. Please update your computer to this version to continue using simulations and probes in WISE. Click here to download the latest java. WISE Image AnnotatorFeb 27, 2013 Check out the new WISE image annotator. It is currently being used in the Mitosis project. Click here Java UpdateFeb 20, 2013 For OS X 10.7 (mountain lion), typically Mac machines sold in 2011 and later, a security update will require you to reinstall the Java applet plugin to run many of the WISE4 projects. WISE in SpanishFeb 14, 2013 WISE is collaborating with a group in Argentina to create versions of all our activities in Spanish.
WISE 4.6 is released! A stable release of WISE v4.6 is now available for download from WISE Server DowntimeOct 15, 2012 The WISE server will be down for maintenance on Saturday October 20th from 6:00 PM to 11:00 PM PDT. WISE included in STEMworks DatabaseAug 17, 2012 WISE Book ReviewAug 17, 2012. How to Teach the Process of Science. This module was authored by Anne E. Egger, Stanford University, as part of a collaboration between Visionlearning and the SERC Pedagogic Service, and includes the products of a July 2009 workshop on Teaching the Process of Science. Integrating the process of science into your teaching does not necessarily require making major changes. It can simply involve making the process of science more explicit in the activities and methods you are already using. On the other hand, if you are considering starting from scratch, think about designing your course around the process of science. Key strategies Whether you are thinking about making big or small changes in your courses, the same principles apply in emphasizing the process of science: Be explicit Making the aspects of science that you consider implicit within your teaching explicit can significantly improve student understanding of the nature of science (McGinn & Roth, 1999 ).
Tell stories Use real data Assessment. Implementing the inquiry Continuum in the Classroom. By Meri Johnson, Science Consultant, Clermont County Educational Service Center A school district in Ohio had barely passed the OGT science test with a 75% passage rate. However, when analyzing the data from individual schools, the district found that one school had a 92% passage rate, a score significantly higher than the other schools' scores. The size and the subgroups of the higher-achieving school were similar to those of the other schools in the district. So what was that school doing that was different from the others? After further investigation, it was found that this school required students to perform more student-directed inquiries than the other schools. Instead of listening to long lectures and doing "recipe-type activities," students designed their own experiments.
What a difference! Learning science through an inquiry approach can be very beneficial. What Is Inquiry? Inquiry is central to science learning. Figure 1. The inquiry continuum can be used in multiple ways: Inquiry-based Learning: Explanation. What is inquiry-based learning? An old adage states: "Tell me and I forget, show me and I remember, involve me and I understand. " The last part of this statement is the essence of inquiry-based learning, says our workshop author Joe Exline 1. Inquiry implies involvement that leads to understanding. Furthermore, involvement in learning implies possessing skills and attitudes that permit you to seek resolutions to questions and issues while you construct new knowledge. "Inquiry" is defined as "a seeking for truth, information, or knowledge -- seeking information by questioning. " Individuals carry on the process of inquiry from the time they are born until they die.
This is true even though they might not reflect upon the process. A Context for Inquiry Unfortunately, our traditional educational system has worked in a way that discourages the natural process of inquiry. Importance of Inquiry Memorizing facts and information is not the most important skill in today's world. Outcomes of Inquiry. Inquiry-based Science Education Infographic. K12 Infographics Inquiry-based science is sometimes conflated with “hands-on” science. While we know that actively engaging children with “hands-on” science is important, it isn’t enough. Inquiry-based science employs the diverse practices scientists use to study the natural world.
A well-designed, inquiry-based curriculum is appropriate for all ages of learners and effectively teaches science content while, at the same time developing scientific habits of mind. The Inquiry-based Science Infographic goes into more detail about science education and what kind of a difference a STEM education can have. Via: www.ssec.si.edu Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog! What is IBL? - The Academy of Inquiry Based Learning.
Inquiry-Based Learning (IBL) is a student-centered method of teaching Mathematics. At the college mathematics level one of the forms of IBL is the Modified Moore Method, named after R. L. Moore. Other forms of IBL are also recognized, which employ different course structures, including some group work, projects, and courses that are not theorem-proof based (e.g. statistics, courses for preservice teachers). Boiled down to its essence IBL is a teaching method that engages students in sense-making activities. Students are given tasks requiring them to solve problems, conjecture, experiment, explore, create, and communicate... all those wonderful skills and habits of mind that Mathematicians engage in regularly. Rather than showing facts or a clear, smooth path to a solution, the instructor guides and mentors students via well-crafted problems through an adventure in mathematical discovery.
E. Inquiry, Innovation and ICT. Inquiry is process whereby learners wonder about and explore the world around them, investigate personally meaningful problems, issues or situations, construct new understandings and reflect on and share what they have learned with others. As Kuhlthau succinctly puts it, "[Inquiry] espouses investigation, exploration, search, quest, research, pursuit, and study. " (Guided Inquiry: Learning in the 21st Century by Carol C. Kuhlthau, Leslie K. Maniotes and Ann K. This web site was developed to support a session at ECOO 2012. What do teachers, teacher-librarians and students need to do to implement an inquiry-oriented program? When looking at the use of technology in the area of inquiry there are a number of ways in which it can be used. As a channel though which learners find and explore informationas a tool to facilitate the development new understandingsas a means of communication amongst learnersas a platform for sharing new understandings.
The Inquiry Approach to Learning - Early Learning. 1. systematic instruction in skills students need to learn2. investigative approach to USE these skills in another context. The inquiry approach really focuses on the HOW we learn/find out rather then just focusing on content. It is concerned with acquiring the skills of learning.
The approach is centred around finding possible solutions to a problem. In other words, investigating a question posed. Often the teacher is the questioner. With the Inquiry approach, the students are encouraged to ask the questions. The teacher can assist with this by scaffolding the questioning process through modelling provocative open questions that require are reflective in nature. How do you know this? An adventure with the Inquiry approach in Year 1 Year 1 at Regents Park investigated life cycles by following the progress of chickens hatching in their classroom. This topic evolved from the HSIE/Science focus which was on investigating "Living Things" and lifecycles.
Defining the topic Investigating the topic. What science teachers need to know. 11 Ways to Make an Inquiry based Classroom. You became a teacher not to pontificate to trusting minds, but to teach children how to succeed as adults. That idealism infused every class in your credential program and only took a slight bump during your student teacher days. That educator, you figured, was a dinosaur. You’d never teach to the test or lecture for forty minutes of a forty-five minute class. Then you got a job and reality struck. You had lesson plans to get through, standards to assess, and state-wide tests that students must do well on or you’d get the blame.
A glance in the mirror said you were becoming that teacher you hated in school. You considered leaving the profession. Until the inquiry-based classroom arrived where teaching’s goal was not the solution to a problem, but the path followed. One step at a time, and here are fifteen you can take. Flip the classroom The night prior to the lesson, have students read the lecture materials so you can spend class time in hands-on discovery.
Listen when students speak. Virtual Courseware for Inquiry-based Science Education. Institute for Inquiry: A Description of Inquiry. The Inquiry Process Explained Visually for Teachers. 4 Phases of Inquiry-Based Learning: A Guide For Teachers.