Session 1: Wednesday, January 20, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM
Teaching Science Through Inquiry
What is scientific inquiry, and what does it mean to teach science through inquiry? This session will provide an overview of a framework developed by researchers at Western Michigan University for understanding the teaching of science as existing across a continuum of student inquiry. Classroom examples will be considered. This framework challenges a common misconception that science teaching practices are either inquiry-based or not inquiry-based.
Session 2: Wednesday, February 17, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM
Examples of Subtle Shifts for Promoting Student Inquiry
This session will provide an overview of a framework developed by the Institute for Inquiry for how existing science lessons can incorporate subtle shifts that allow for increased student inquiry. Participants will consider a “traditional” science lesson and then observe examples of how the lesson has been modified in subtle, targeted ways which intend to increase specific aspects of student inquiry.
Session 3: Wednesday, March 17, 2021, 3:30-4:30 PM
Incorporate More Student Inquiry in Your Science Lessons
This third and final session of the three-part series will provide participants with practice applying a framework developed by the Institute for Inquiry for incorporating subtle shifts in existing lesson plans in an effort to increase student inquiry. Participants will be provided with sample lesson plans and will be tasked with applying their own ideas for subtle modifications which intend to increase specific aspects of student inquiry.
Note: Attendees will receive an email acknowledging their participation in these professional development webinars.