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Teacher-TalkInquiry is the email discussion list for Learning Science Through Inquiry. Participants in the workshops, content guides, and Channel staff will participate in this discussion list throughout the broadcast of the workshop series.

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From: Edee Wiziecki (edeew@ncsa.uiuc.edu)
Date: Tue Mar 20 2001 - 16:57:06 EST

  • Next message: Saundra Wever Frerichs: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] from extending kits to developing kits"

    Well stated, Meg. Sounds like a fun class to be in. I hope that your
    students appreciate your efforts!
    And you bring up a good point--students need to learn how to ask testable
    questions. Edee

    At 03:29 PM 3/20/2001 -0500, you wrote:
    >Gail and Gayle,
    >
    >I agree that there is definitely a time constraint issue when trying to get
    >through all of the required material. My fifth graders also formulate their
    >own questions at the beginning of each unit. I have found that my science
    >units run much more smoothly when we begin the unit with our own questions.
    >I really think it helps to guide my lessons, as Gail mentioned. As the
    >teacher, I have a better understanding of what we really need to focus on,
    >and as learners the students have a better understanding of what most
    >interests them. I, too, found that my students had quite a bit of trouble
    >coming up with questions when we first started this process in the fall.
    >Now they will fill an entire white board with questions in only a few
    >minutes. They also look forward to checking off the questions we have
    >answered as we move through the unit. It gives them a visual reminder of
    >how much they are actually learning.
    >
    >Meg
    >
    > > -----Original Message-----
    > > From: Bulach, Gail [SMTP:Bulach-G@TROY.K12.OH.US]
    > > Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2001 2:43 PM
    > > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > > Subject: RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do Inquiry
    > >
    > >
    > > Gayle, I have the same struggle with my time also. An activity that I
    > > tried
    > > today might help. My 2nd graders are very used to our current science
    > > program that asks many questions and lets us work together to find the
    > > answers. Today I had the kids write down any questions that they could
    > > think of about energy. Many had trouble with this. They are great at
    > > coming up with answers, but wanted me to tell them what the questions
    > > should
    > > be. Given time, they did come up with many questions about energy. I am
    > > going to use their questions to guide the rest of my lessons in this unit.
    > > I can also tell by their questions what they already know a lot about. I
    > > won't need to spend much time in those areas.
    > >
    > > Gail Bulach
    > >
    > > > -----Original Message-----
    > > > From: Mitchell, Gayle [SMTP:Mitchell-G@TROY.K12.OH.US]
    > > > Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2001 12:32 PM
    > > > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > > > Subject: RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do Inquiry
    > > >
    > > > I agree with GeeGee about the prescribed time span we are given and the
    > > > vast
    > > > amount of topics we are to cover. My problem is how do I get it all
    > > done
    > > > by the end of the year? I think the child- centered investigation is
    > > the
    > > > best of all choices, but we are pushed so much to accomplish the given
    > > > curriculum. There sometimes isn't enough time to spend inquiring about
    > > one
    > > > topic without the worry of "time". I find myself squeezing the last
    > > part
    > > > of
    > > > the unit in and not being as thorough as I should. It's all a matter of
    > > > adopted curriculum.
    > > > Thanks for the opportunity to share my thoughts.
    > > > Gayle
    > > >
    > > >
    > > > -----Original Message-----
    > > > From: Hall, Georgia [SMTP:Hall-G@TROY.K12.OH.US]
    > > > Sent: Tuesday, March 20, 2001 10:10 AM
    > > > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > > > Subject: RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do
    > > > Inquiry
    > > >
    > > > Thanks, Scott. This is a concern of mine given the "required" units
    > > > we are
    > > > expected to "cover" here in our district. I'm hoping this will
    > > > work, but as
    > > > our units are very large...lots of "hit a lick" type coverage... I
    > > > still
    > > > wonder how it will work with inquiry method and still be able to get
    > > > through
    > > > what I am expected to do in the year's time.
    > > >
    > > > > -----Original Message-----
    > > > > From: Scott Lane [SMTP:lanes@mediaone.net]
    > > > > Sent: Monday, March 19, 2001 4:53 PM
    > > > > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > > > > Subject: [Teacher-talkinquiry] Extending Kits To Do Inquiry
    > > > >
    > > > > Fred Stein states three methods of moving a "hands on kit" toward
    > > > more of
    > > > > an investigation. I couldn't agree more with him that "kits
    > > > provide
    > > > > excellent starting points" for teachers. I find that true
    > > > especially with
    > > > > the Foss kits. Consistently, students are more inquisitive and
    > > > motivated
    > > > > when the tasks within the kits aware completed. They also find
    > > > the kits
    > > > > are limited in their direction. Fred Stein's suggestion of using
    > > > the
    > > > > questions that come as the next investigations seems like a
    > > > terrific way
    > > > > to reinforce and extend concepts. I was pleased to receive his
    > > > > suggestions. I'll post some results as the year progresses.
    > > > >
    > > >
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