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Teaching Geography: Teacher Talk

From: Cindy Lee Duckert (duckert@focol.org)
Date: Tue Oct 15 2002 - 19:52:58 EDT


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    I am interested in seeing a discussion happening here. I teach an online
    course elsewhere and consider that the difference between a webpage and a
    useful course is the interaction that can take place between the
    participants. Perhaps you are in a supportive group watching and
    discussing the materials together, but if, like me, you find that you are
    going it solo afterall, we can share ideas and questions and problems. I
    know that I am not writing any thesis papers here and would rather read
    your contribution than to sit with only my own thoughts.

    Now that I have been through the third video, I have discovered that more
    than using inquiry in teaching geogrpahy, I am interested in the
    exhibitions of inquiry methods by the teacher demonstrators. I rarely get
    to see others leading classes. Presentations at conferences tend to revert
    closer to lecture models as speakers try to fit more information into a
    session. My notes are becoming more and more about the methods these
    teachers asre using to implement inquiry-based learning. What do your
    notes look like? Where in the process of using inquiry methods are
    you? Heck, I would rather get to the heart of matters, but I am accustomed
    to having to explain inquiry learning.

    Introducing myself
    I am a homeschooler of two boys, one a college freshman in phsyics, the
    other is 13. We have always homeschooled. My educational background in
    in engineering, but I find myself leading groups of kids (schooled and
    homeschooled) in hands-on, mostly science-based activities more and more
    each year since becoming involved in the JASON Project in 1992. I live in
    Neenah, WI on the NW corner of that big lake you can see inside Wisconsin.

    Where are you? Who and what do you teach?


    Cindy Lee Duckert, duckert@focol.org



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