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. The teachers’ explanation: Project-based learning. Here’s the back story. Stories like this are about to become more important to educators. This is a steep challenge because it forces education to cross a philosophic divide. Standardizing Valuable Skills To put a new system in place, a first key step is to disseminate and train every teacher on a clear set of performance standards to assess skills required for effective inquiry, such as communication, collaboration, critical thinking, and creativity. The challenge: Right now, a standards-based environment forces teachers to straddle the inquiry process. Assessing Collaborative Learning The iconic model of the individual scholar has been replaced by team-based inquiry. Making Depth of Thinking Evident The challenge: In inquiry, process is as critical as the product.
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. 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. The Year 1 teachers began this real world investigations approach by using EKWQ... E is for EXPERIENCE K is for KNOWLEDGE W is for WONDER Q is for QUESTIONS Firstly the teachers wanted to find out about the experiences of the students - what they already knew about the topic.
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. Speak It! Fundamentals Reading Writing Spelling
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. 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
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. Reason Effectively Use various types of reasoning (e.g., inductive, deductive, etc.) as appropriate to the situation Use Systems Thinking Analyze how parts of a whole interact with each other to produce overall outcomes in complex systems Make Judgments and Decisions Solve Problems Solve different kinds of non-familiar problems in both conventional and innovative ways Identify and ask significant questions that clarify various points of view and lead to better solutions Think Creatively
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. 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 WISE research highlighted by NSTAJun 27, 2012 WISE4.5 is released!
YA Highway: Homophones, or, See Those People Over There? They're Their Worst Nightmare Nothing drives the Grammar Groupie more crazy than improper apostrophe usage. Coming in a close second place, however is misuse of homophones. Perhaps that’s because the two are often related, as in the case of the unholy trinity of homophones, their, there and they’re. Homophones are words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. They delight in confusing writer and non-writer alike. I wish I could direct readers to some clever song or acronym or acrostic to assist in remembering the abundant cases of homophones, but, alas, you simply need a good resource and the ability to memorize in order to master homophones. And, in that vein, I will list a few homophone groups that I see misused exceedingly often, along with their definitions. Their, they’re, there: The words with apostrophes are the easiest. Its, it’s: Of course, readers, you will apply the aforementioned rule to this pair as well, no? Buy, bye, by: Buy: to purchase. Died, dyed. Isle, aisle.
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. Via: www.ssec.si.edu Embed This Education Infographic on your Site or Blog! <a href=" title="Inquiry-based Science Education Infographic"><img width="1000" height="5708" src=" class="attachment-progression-single-uncropped wp-post-image" alt="Inquiry-based-Science-Infographic"/></a><br/><small>Find more <a href=" title="The No.1 Source for the Best Education Infographics">education infographics</a> on e-Learning Infographics</small>
Nutty non-rules of grammar | Grammar Monkeys Recently I got a voice mail message from a reader saying that the verb “rise” could be used only with animate subjects, and thus our headline “Speed limit may rise to 75 mph” was incorrect, and it should have said “Speed limit may be raised to 75 mph.” Turning aside the issue of changing a perfectly good active-voice sentence to a wordier passive, I was intrigued, because I’d never run across this “rule” before. After all, bread rises. None of our dictionaries said anything about “rise” being restricted to animate subjects. Our usage manuals cite “rise” in distinction to “raise,” the former intransitive and the latter transitive. The “raise” entry in one book reminded me of another “rule” I’d run across: “Raise” is for crops or livestock, “rear” is for children. After I posted the rise/animate issue on Twitter, grammar-book author June Casagrande replied, “That’s one of the nuttiest non-rules I’ve heard, and I’ve heard a lot.” Don’t split infinitives or compound verbs.
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. Learning science through an inquiry approach can be very beneficial. What Is Inquiry? For many, just understanding what inquiry is can be difficult, let alone designing activities that support high levels of inquiry. Inquiry is central to science learning. Figure 1. The inquiry continuum can be used in multiple ways: Figure 4