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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.

Use this space as an area to share information and pose questions about the workshop series, get to know your colleagues, as well as ask questions about technical and access issues.

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From: Mitchell, Gayle (Mitchell-G@TROY.K12.OH.US)
Date: Wed Apr 25 2001 - 12:43:45 EDT

  • Next message: THEPIETANZAS@aol.com: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] Re: [Teacher-talkinquiry]"

    Along these same lines, I asked a question back at the start of this class
    concerning the mandated curriculum within a district. I was worried about
    not having enough time to cover all the topics that we were prescribed by
    our district. I am happy to report that I have stopped being so uptight
    about that and have recently been using an inquiry approach to my subject
    matter. The children have asked their own questions, found many answers on
    their own and gone beyond what we would have simply covered had I stayed
    exactly with the designated curriculum. We all are learning together and
    it's so much fun! We aren't learning for the test, but rather because we
    want to find out the answers to our own questions!
    Gayle

            -----Original Message-----
            From: Stine, Annette [SMTP:Stine-A@TROY.K12.OH.US]
            Sent: Tuesday, April 24, 2001 12:12 PM
            To: teacher-talkinquiry@learner.org
            Subject: [Teacher-talkinquiry] session 3

            One question that arose during our site group discussion was how to
    use an
            inquiry approach in a district where covering science content is
    mandated.
            My answer to this was to start with the broad goals that you want
    students
            to achieve at the beginning of each unit. Then, share those goals
    with the
            students and allow them to work towards those goals in an inquiry
    setting.
            Having students studying different areas that they wonder about and
    then
            sharing the results of what they learned will often lead to covering
    a broad
            range of specific content knowledge while they develop process
    skills too.
            You can help transfer the learning that they develop by connecting
    that
            knowledge to the content that you need to cover.
            Annette

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