PDI-12: Classroom Strategies for Teaching Inquiry
Date: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Location: New Orleans—Ernest N. Morial Convention Center, room 349
Science Area: Integrated/General
Intended Audience: Elementary; Supervision/Administration; General
Recommended Pathway Sessions
Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry and TERC
Lynn Rankin, Director, Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry
Fred Stein, Science Educator, Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry
Susan Doubler, Co-director, Center for Science Teaching and Learning, TERC
Sally Crissman, Senior Research Scientist, TERC
- What can inquiry look like in classrooms?
- How can teachers help students “own” the questions that drive their inquiries?
- What teaching strategies can teachers draw on to support students to do inquiry?
Classroom inquiry involves students taking ownership of questions that lead to investigations, planning and carrying out investigations, and drawing and sharing conclusions based on evidence from their investigation. Teachers can support each of these aspects of inquiry with a variety of teaching strategies.
Participants will experience hands-on inquiries that engage them with questions and support them in the process of investigating questions. Then, participants will discuss strategies that teachers can draw on to support students in this process.
Classroom Strategies for Teaching Inquiry is intended for professional developers and teachers interested in deepening their understanding of classroom inquiry and a variety of practical teaching strategies that support students doing inquiry.
For more than 30 years, the Exploratorium Institute for Inquiry has worked with teachers, teacher educators, administrators, workshop leaders, scientists, and professional developers to promote understanding about the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching and learning. The goal of our Institute is to increase the leadership capacity of school districts, out-of-school programs, and universities to offer high-quality science education programs for students at all levels.
TERC is a not-for-profit education research and development center that is committed to quality mathematics and science education for all students. TERC works at the forefront of current theory and practice to contribute to the understanding of learning and teaching. TERC fosters professional development, develops applications for new technologies, curricula and other products, and supports school reform.