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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: COLETTE DRYDEN (CDRYDEN@richlandone.org)
Date: Mon Nov 24 2003 - 09:39:23 EST

  • Next message: Cheryl Cook: "[Teacher-talkinquiry] Learning science through Inquiry Program"

    Hi Kim,
    I usually start my units with a KWL chart or a demo to get their attention. I read somewhere that teaching inquiry-based science is like a well-choreographed dance. It is not a free for all with the kids just doing what they want. I started out slow, teaching the kids how to question, respond, test ideas, etc. If they haven't been taught these things it will be chaos. Once they get use to it you can let go more. Is the curriculum you're teaching based on the National Standards or is it something different?

    Colette Dryden
    Science Specialist (K-8)
    Richland School District One
    Office of Curriculum & Standards
    Waverly Administration Center
    1225 Oak Street
    Columbia, SC 29204
    803-231-6867 (w)
    803-231-6878 FAX)

    >>> kmintyfresh@msn.com 11/22/03 07:50PM >>>
    Hello,
    Is anyone else out there taking this workshop alone? I wanted to ask
    someone about "letting go." I am finding it hard to let go of the
    curriculum that I am accustomed to teaching! It is a whole new way of
    thinking for me. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting started on a
    new unit? How do you start out? Do you just throw materials out there and
    let the children lead the way? It seems so foreign to me...
    Thanks,
    Kim

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