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The Inquiry Process Explained Visually for Teachers

The Inquiry Process Explained Visually for Teachers
Learning is all about being curious and inquisitive. It is a process in which learners explore the unknown through their senses using both sensory and motor skills. Being involved and engaged in the learning task is the key to a successful learning journey and to elicit this kind of engagement from learners, teachers need to nurture a learning environment where students take responsibility for their learning and 'where they are only shown where to look but not told what to see'. Such environment definitely requires a solid approach and an informed strategy to learning one that is dubbed: inquiry-based learning. Inquiry-based learning is essential in developing the most solicited 21st century skills : problem solving and critical thinking.As a teacher, you might be wondering about ways to inculcate the precepts of strategy into your teaching and lesson planning.

The Challenges and Realities of Inquiry-Based Learning Inquiry Learning Teaching Strategies Getty By Thom Markham Teachers in a rural southeast Michigan high school were recently discussing the odd behavior of the senior class. It seems the 12th graders were acting more civilly toward the junior class in the hallways. The prom was also quieter and more well-mannered than in previous years. Students put research to use at social studies fair Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Graeson Malashevich, 13, of Ceredo-Kenova Middle School looks over another students project while attending the RESA II Social Studies Fair on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch Judges Margaret Williamson, principal of East Lynn Elementary School, and Marshall student Tyler Minor look over a project at the RESA II Social Studies Fair on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington. Lori Wolfe/The Herald-Dispatch The RESA II Social Studies Fair was held on Wednesday, March 12, 2014, at the Big Sandy Superstore Arena in Huntington.

How to Keep History Lessons Meaningful During Role Play by Aaron Brock Most social studies teachers are expected to cover very specific content, whether or not it resonates with the students personally or politically. This often leads us to fall back on reenactments as the primary method of giving students an historical “experience.” Inquiry Learning Ideas for Math and Science With iPads Digital Tools Laurie Sullivan/Flickr By Sam Gliksman The following is the second of a series of excerpts from Gliksman’s book iPad in Education for Dummies. We tend to split science and humanities as though they were separate branches of life. But no matter what profession we choose — artist, plumber, historian, or salesman — we all use some form of scientific inquiry in our daily lives. SNewco: RT @califone: 50 Useful Apps For Students With Reading Disabilities Whether you’re the parent of a child with a reading disability or an educator that works with learning disabled students on a daily basis, you’re undoubtedly always looking for new tools to help these bright young kids meet their potential and work through their disability. While there are numerous technologies out there that can help, perhaps one of the richest is the iPad, which offers dozens of applications designed to meet the needs of learning disabled kids and beginning readers alike. Here, we highlight just a few of the amazing apps out there that can help students with a reading disability improve their skills not only in reading, writing, and spelling, but also get a boost in confidence and learn to see school as a fun, engaging activity, not a struggle. Helpful Tools These tools are useful for both educators and students with reading disabilities alike, aiding in everything from looking up a correct spelling to reading text out loud.

Students recording Kane County veterans for Library of Congress archive By Mike Danahey @DanaheyECN March 6, 2014 11:38AM The Freshman Student Council at St. Charles East High School sent a care package to U.S. Marine Cpl. Johnathon Soderstrom, a 2007 graduate of St. East students learn about local history to create books - News Tales of the past were given new life during Local History Day at East McDowell Junior High. The event brought together eighth-grade history students from Danny Shaw’s and Jessica Reel’s classes with local historians and gave students a glimpse of the region’s past. “Eighth-grade studies North Carolina history, so we try to pull in a McDowell County unit because we feel like that part of history is sometimes lost,” said Media Coordinator Vickie Blankenship.

7 Ways Teachers Use Social Media in the Classroom Millennials live and breathe on social media, so teachers are learning how to incorporate the medium into the classroom successfully. In doing so, teachers not only encourage students to engage actively in the material, but they also provide online communities for students that might not exist for them in real life. But how are teachers infusing social media into their everyday lessons? We've highlighted several different examples and offered our own ideas on how to best engage students. 1.

21st Century Skills Definitions The IMLS Project Team and Task Force considered the list of skills commonly referred to as "21st Century Skills" and modified it slightly to better align with library and museum priorities.1 The resulting list includes the following additions: Basic Literacy, Scientific & Numerical Literacy, Visual Literacy, Cross-Disciplinary Skills, and Environmental Literacy. Not every skill on this list will be aligned with every institution’s vision and mission. Further, not every community will prioritize the same skills. Library and museum leaders should consider this list as a starting point beyond which it should be customized to fit the unique character, requirements, and priorities of the institution and its audiences. Reason Effectively

Cube Creator Summarizing information is an important postreading and prewriting activity that helps students synthesize what they have learned. The interactive Cube Creator offers four options: Bio Cube: This option allows students to develop an outline of a person whose biography or autobiography they have just read; it can also be used before students write their own autobiography. Specific prompts ask students to describe a person's significance, background, and personality. Mystery Cube: Use this option to help your students sort out the clues in their favorite mysteries or develop outlines for their own stories. Among its multiple applications, the Mystery Cube helps students identify mystery elements, practice using vocabulary from this popular genre, and sort and summarize information.