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From: Bartley, Robin (Bartley-R@TROY.K12.OH.US)
Date: Wed Mar 21 2001 - 08:07:46 EST

  • Next message: Hall, Georgia: "RE: [Teacher-talkinquiry] from extending kits to developing kits"

    It's amazing how alike our concerns are. And in the primary grades where
    there is so much emphasis on reading and math, science and social studies
    seem to be what suffer most in the time crunch. I'm hoping that with this
    class, I'll be able to teach more effectively.

            -----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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