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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: Ayers, Meghan (Ayers-M@TROY.K12.OH.US)
Date: Tue Apr 24 2001 - 16:47:10 EDT

  • Next message: Saundra Wever Frerichs: "Re: [Teacher-talkinquiry] session 8"

    Annette,

    I really agree with what you said about the quote in the film, "Don't limit
    the children to knowing what you know." I find myself learning right along
    with my students at some points during our science units. We kind of work
    together to discover and explore. I find that often, even though I might
    feel like a pseudo "expert" on a topic, my students will actually enlighten
    me! They have a fresh way of thinking, and they bring another angle of the
    topic to light. It's fun for me to sit back and see where they might take
    us. And you're right--they really learn the information as opposed to just
    memorizing. They're actually learning how to be thinkers.

    Meg

    > -----Original Message-----
    > From: Stine, Annette [SMTP:Stine-A@TROY.K12.OH.US]
    > Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 2:36 PM
    > To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
    > Subject: [Teacher-talkinquiry] session 8
    >
    > I loved the quote on the last tape... "Don't limit children to only
    > knowing
    > what you know." My science teaching in the past was like that because I
    > didn't know how to develop inquiry skills in students. There is a lot of
    > science content knowledge that I've taught while I wondered in the back of
    > my head "why do the students need to know this?" If they learn HOW to be
    > good questioners and investigators, then the trivial content knowledge has
    > less value. "Learn it for the test and then forget it" types of behaviors
    > will decrease if the learning is relevant to what the child will need for
    > life. If students ever need to know more information about a topic and
    > they've learned in school how to be good learners, then they'll be able to
    > find out the information that they need.
    >
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