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Facilitator's Guide to Inquire Within, Second Edition

Facilitator's Guide to Inquire Within, Second Edition

Science Methods

September 2008 | 56 pages | Corwin

Demonstrate key strategies for cultivating learners' sense of discovery and advancing student achievement in science!

Based on the best-selling second edition of Inquire Within, this guide helps staff developers and workshop leaders facilitate book study groups, seminars, and professional development events that demonstrate how teachers can implement inquiry-based instruction in the classroom. Facilitators will be able to help teachers understand how children learn science, what scientific inquiry actually is, and what an inquiry-based science classroom looks like. Teachers will discover how to:

  • Cultivate a classroom culture of inquiry
  • Design investigations or translate existing activities into inquiry-based learning experiences
  • Integrate inquiry instruction with grade-level curricular objectives

The chapter-by-chapter study guide features:

  • Discussion questions
  • Workshop activities
  • Chapter summaries
  • Handouts
  • Resources for extending learning
  • Sample agendas for half-day and one-day workshops
  • A workshop evaluation form

Aligned with the National Science Education Standards, the Facilitator's Guide to Inquire Within is ideal for staff developers or anyone leading professional development for groups of any size—pairs, small workshops, or large seminars.

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How to Use the Facilitator's Guide

Chapter-by-Chapter Study Guide: Inquire Within: Implementing Inquiry-Based Science Standards in Grades 3-8 Second Edition, by Douglas Llewellyn
1. Becoming an Inquiry Teacher

Activity 1.1: Self-Directed Learning

Discussion Question

2. What Is Inquiry?

Activity 2.1: What Is Inquiry?

Activity 2.2: Who’s Infected?

Activity 2.3: What Inquiry Is and What It Isn’t

Discussion Questions

3. Learning Through Inquiry

Activity 3.1: Ice Hands

Activity 3.2: Herding Cats

Discussion Questions

4. How Do Children Learn Science?

Activity 4.1: Magic Glue

Activity 4.2: Understanding From a Different Perspective

Activity 4.3: Misconceptions in Science

Activity 4.4: Earth-Moon Relationships

Activity 4.5: Designing Inquiry-Based Investigations

Discussion Questions

5. Creating a Culture of Inquiry

Activity 5.1: What Is a Culture of Inquiry?

Activity 5.2: Top Ten Reasons Teachers Say They Can’t Do Inquiry

Discussion Questions

6. What Are the Different Levels of Inquiry?

Activity 6.1: Four Approaches to Balls and Ramps

Activity 6.2: List the Attributes of an Inquiry-Based Lab

Activity 6.3: Modifying a Traditional Lab

Discussion Questions

7. Designing Investigations

Activity 7.1: Inquiry Versus Problem Solving

Activity 7.2: “Houston, We Have a Problem.”

Activity 7.3: Problem Solving Activity

Discussion Questions

8. What Is the Learning Cycle?

Activity 8.1: Using the 5E Learning Cycle

Discussion Questions

9. Knowledge, Skills, and Attitudes of Inquiry-Based Teachers

Activity 9.1: Inquiry Rubric

Activity 9.2: Inquiry Self-Assessment

Activity 9.3: What’s Your IQ?

Discussion Questions

10. Using Questioning Skills in Inquiry

Activity 10.1: Planning Questions

Discussion Questions

Closing Activity: Instructional Pie

Handout A: Concept Map of Scientific Inquiry (Figure 2.2)

Handout B: Bottle

Handout C: Question and Data Table for Balls and Ramp - Station A

Handout D: Task for Balls and Ramps - Station B

Handout E: Task for Balls and Ramps - Station C

Handout F: Task for Balls and Ramps - Station D

Handout G: Group Discussion Questions After Stations

Handout H: Methods of Teaching Science

Handout I: Instructional Pie

Sample Workshop Agendas

Workshop Evaluation Forms

Resources for Extending Your Learning

Sample Materials & Chapters


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ISBN: 9781412965828