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Inquiry Inhibitors Presentation Transcript

  • 1. First Meeting and Discussion in Second Life
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    • It is overwhelming to be a new teacher.
    • Administrators pile on work that other teachers won’t take on.
    • Dysfunction; complaining and backbiting from colleagues adds a layer of stress.
    • In this high stress environment; once a teacher manages to find something that works, most are unwilling to surrender it to try something new.
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    • Both Brekke And Dburge are teaching and are using some inquiry in their classrooms.
    • Brekke’s concentration is Earth Science but she is being required to teach Biology classes in addition.
    • 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.
    • She learned Inquiry from doing outdoor education.
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    • 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.
    • His 8 th grade class can be hard to focus but doing inquiry motivated them.
    • He learned to do inquiry at a previous job.
  • 8.
    • Most teachers just don’t know how to do inquiry based teaching.
    • Many teachers say that there is no time for inquiry, but cites their biggest challenge as one of motivating students.
    • inquiry is so interesting and engaging that it motivates and keeps kids interested.
    • Students are testing the boundaries with a new teacher and the fear is that they won’t be productive without more rigid control.
    • Studying the theory is not adequate to learning to use inquiry.
  • 9.
    • 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.