I love the “involve me” message that starts off this video. The contrast between a more traditional method of science instruction and an inquiry-based one offered a basis that any teacher could use to justify this type of strategy. What struck me was the detailed explanation of the teacher’s role. All too often I feel that resources skim the teacher’s part and focus more on what the students are doing.
What is it? More likely, what isn’t it? This article jumped out to me, making me take notice of what might be going wrong in an inquiry-based lesson. I feel that knowing what not to do is equal when it comes to educational value as knowing what to do. The piece tackles misinformation and the myths surrounding this type of strategy in an easy-to-follow way that wasn’t filled with odd jargon or technical wording.
I found the list structure extremely helpful when it came to understanding what inquiry science really looks like in the classroom. It’s one thing to explain it, but this article also gives expectations for what the children should be doing and what the instruction should look like. I see this as a basic part of creating a comfortable learning environment that invites inquiry.
One lesson plan is never enough. What makes this page so magical is the search tool. Do you need a science lesson for your first graders? Search the Teach 21 database for ideas. The fact that it’s all based on an inquiry model takes this search a step beyond a general lesson plan browsing tool.
Teachers rapping about the scientific method! What could be better than that? I absolutely adored the creativity in this video. It brings the scientific method to life in a way that’s palatable to the young child. I’m not a fan of giving young students videos of experiments to passively watch. Instead of showing a science exploration, this video breaks down ways in which students can explore through the inquiry process.
Understanding why a specific instructional method is a ‘best practice’ is essential. I love the way in which this organization explains the reason for using scientific inquiry with students. It sets the tone for classroom use and includes a comprehensive list of what we all need to do when teaching science.