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Using inquiry in the K12 science classroom

Using inquiry in the K12 science classroom

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    • Bentley Richert Science Curriculum Specialist [email_address] Why is the Grass Green? Inquiry in the K-12 Classroom
    • Best Science Experience Ever
      • Think about the best science experience you had as a student.
      • Share with a person sitting next to you.
      • What traits do they have in common?
    • Concerns
      • Less class time being devoted to Science
      • Teachers uncomfortable with science concepts
      • Shortage of “qualified” science teachers
      • Testing driving to content knowledge
    • String Activity
      • Put your hand through the string loop twice and pull it out.
    • 5 E’s of Science Experiences
      • Engage
      • Explore
      • Explain
      • Elaborate
      • Evaluate
    • Activity
      • Rules:
      • 15 Seconds to study letters
      • After the list is hidden . . .
      • Take out a piece of paper and write down as many letters as you can remember
    • J FKFB INAT OUP SNA SAI RS
    • Write down the letters
      • 15 seconds
      • Do NOT compare or share
      • Let’s do it again
    • JFK FBI NATO UPS NASA IRS
    • Write down the letters
      • 15 seconds
      • What happened and why?
    • Prior Knowledge
    • Paper Helicopters
    • Testable Question
      • Can be investigated in the science classroom.
      • Does not require unavailable equipment.
      • Is not a research (fact-finding) question.
      • What happens if . . .
    • Recipes for Science
      • Paper Helicopter Experiment
      • Roto-Copter
      • Compare our helicopter experience with the examples . . .
      • What can you say
    • Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry (NSES)
      • Learners are engaged by scientifically oriented questions
      • Learners give priority to evidence, which allow them to develop and evaluate explanations
      • Learners formulate explanations from evidence to address scientifically oriented questions
      • Learners connect their explanations to scientific knowledge
      • Learners communicate and justify their proposed explanations
    • 3 Levels of Inquiry
      • Structured Inquiry
      • Guided Inquiry
      • Open Inquiry
    • Structured Inquiry
      • Step-by-step instructions
      • Students decide observations to record
      • Must figure out the meaning of the data
    • Guided Inquiry
      • Students choose what data to gather
      • Interpret data
      • Design a procedure to address a given question
    • Open Inquiry
      • Students think of a testable question
      • Design a procedure
      • Collect and interpret data
    • The Learning Cycle Invitation Application Exploration Concept Introduction
    • Make Connections
    • Whose job is it? Student Explore Investigate Discuss Represent Construct Teacher Guide Question Discuss Create Safe Environment Listen and Clarify
    • Beyond the Science Kit -- Wendy Saul and Jeanne Reardon
      • “ Science involves asking and attempting to answer questions about the physical world, questions about which there is evidence. Some call this process of asking and answering questions inquiry.”
    • Themes Infused in the Science Standards
      • We learn science . . .
      • by doing science
      • through inquiry
      • through collaboration
      • over time
      • by developing personal knowledge
    • Not all about content
      • Teach the scientist as well as the science
        • Discuss how students arrived at their answers/conclusion
        • Focus on strategies/processes and answers
    • Getting Results
      • Improvement of a science program which will improve student science performance which will increase scores on the Kansas assessments.
      Quick Easy
    • No “silver bullets” available
      • Align
        • Curriculum
        • Teaching Methods
      • Promote Value
        • Teachers
        • Students
        • Community
    • Alignment of Instructional Materials
      • Prioritize topics
      • Supplemental lessons or units
      • Re-organize chapters
      • Eliminate or combine topics and/or lessons
    • Standards and Assessment
      • Science Assessment Overview
      • Kansas Science Education Standards
      • KSSCIENCE listserve
        • E-mail Heather Click -- hclick@KSDE.ORG
      • The only source of knowledge is experience.
      • -- Albert Einstein