<ul><li>It is overwhelming to be a new teacher. </li></ul><ul><li>Administrators pile on work that other teachers won’t take on. </li></ul><ul><li>Dysfunction; complaining and backbiting from colleagues adds a layer of stress. </li></ul><ul><li>In this high stress environment; once a teacher manages to find something that works, most are unwilling to surrender it to try something new. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Both Brekke And Dburge are teaching and are using some inquiry in their classrooms. </li></ul><ul><li>Brekke’s concentration is Earth Science but she is being required to teach Biology classes in addition. </li></ul><ul><li>While she is comfortable using inquiry-based learning in her area of concentration, she does not feel as comfortable with biology and this impedes her use of inquiry. </li></ul><ul><li>She learned Inquiry from doing outdoor education. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Dburge Quartz is teaching and using inquiry; he developed a physics lesson comparing diet coke and regular coke and had the students develop a hypothesis. </li></ul><ul><li>His 8 th grade class can be hard to focus but doing inquiry motivated them. </li></ul><ul><li>He learned to do inquiry at a previous job. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Most teachers just don’t know how to do inquiry based teaching. </li></ul><ul><li>Many teachers say that there is no time for inquiry, but cites their biggest challenge as one of motivating students. </li></ul><ul><li>inquiry is so interesting and engaging that it motivates and keeps kids interested. </li></ul><ul><li>Students are testing the boundaries with a new teacher and the fear is that they won’t be productive without more rigid control. </li></ul><ul><li>Studying the theory is not adequate to learning to use inquiry. </li></ul>
<ul><li>Administrators should find and offer workshops for teachers taught by teachers skilled in the use of inquiry; and create collaborative ongoing inquiry-based classroom projects where teachers learn and use techniques hands on from other teachers who are successful at using inquiry. This needs to be recognized as a method of lightening the load instead of increasing it. </li></ul>
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