Where are the Instructions?
Using Inquiry in the Classroom

Dale Eizenga
Holland Christian HS
CEA Oct 24, 2013

Wednesday,...
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Wednesday, October 16, 13
About me:
Taught Chemistry at HCHS for 20yrs
2008-2010 - GVSU Target Inquiry
2008 - started using movies to teach
skills (...
What is Inquiry ?
As with any hot topic: Lots of ideas
Common characteristics
“Need to Know” information
- flipped learnin...
What isn’t Inquiry?
Verification Labs - one correct answer
Students:
know the answer beforehand
focus is “doing it right” ...
What isn’t Inquiry?
Verification Labs
Teacher: Focus on Efficiency:
very clear directions - “student-proof”
all materials ...
What isn’t Inquiry?
Teacher - directed
No/little student choice
document/product created by teacher
procedure created by t...
Common Misconceptions
I don’t have TIME: I have too much to cover
Breadth vs. Depth tension
How effective is your current ...
Practical Information
Teachers who haven’t learned through inquiry will
struggle to teach with it.
Levels of Inquiry (Fay ...
Practical Information
Several styles of going “inquiry-based”
Style 1:
Start low & gradually progress to higher levels
Pro...
Practical Information
Several styles of going “inquiry-based”
Style 2:
Start low & quickly progress to higher levels
Pro: ...
Practical Information
Several styles of going “inquiry-based”
Style 3:
Use various levels within broad units
Pro: experien...
Practical Information
Tell students WHY you are doing this style
esp. important for students who have been
successful in t...
Examples:
Acid & Base Intro Activity: Low Level

Wednesday, October 16, 13
Examples:
Titration Lab - old style

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Examples:
Titration Lab - today

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Examples:
Reaction Rates experiment: high level

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Thanks! & Questions?
SB-CEU code:
Starting:
Ending:
Slides are at - slideshare.net
Contact me:
Dale Eizenga - Holland Chri...
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  1. 1. Where are the Instructions? Using Inquiry in the Classroom Dale Eizenga Holland Christian HS CEA Oct 24, 2013 Wednesday, October 16, 13
  2. 2. SB - CEU code: Slides are at: slideshare.net Let’s sit by similar disciplines Wednesday, October 16, 13
  3. 3. About me: Taught Chemistry at HCHS for 20yrs 2008-2010 - GVSU Target Inquiry 2008 - started using movies to teach skills (Flipped Classroom) 2012 - started using Standards-based Grading Wednesday, October 16, 13
  4. 4. What is Inquiry ? As with any hot topic: Lots of ideas Common characteristics “Need to Know” information - flipped learning helps w/this More than one solution - SBG helps with this Student-directed Wednesday, October 16, 13
  5. 5. What isn’t Inquiry? Verification Labs - one correct answer Students: know the answer beforehand focus is “doing it right” & an expected result expect data to support the expected answer don’t see a need for multiple trials do the same procedure looking for the same result (earn a grade like worksheet) Wednesday, October 16, 13
  6. 6. What isn’t Inquiry? Verification Labs Teacher: Focus on Efficiency: very clear directions - “student-proof” all materials set up carefully - lots of students accessing them at the same time “Fill-in-the-Blank” data tables short answers to questions (same for all) quick “did you do it” grades Wednesday, October 16, 13
  7. 7. What isn’t Inquiry? Teacher - directed No/little student choice document/product created by teacher procedure created by teacher materials chosen by teacher How does this fit w/ your discipline? Wednesday, October 16, 13
  8. 8. Common Misconceptions I don’t have TIME: I have too much to cover Breadth vs. Depth tension How effective is your current methods? (Caught vs. Taught) I can’t take the CHAOS: Students discover anything: totally open-ended Wednesday, October 16, 13
  9. 9. Practical Information Teachers who haven’t learned through inquiry will struggle to teach with it. Levels of Inquiry (Fay & Bretz, Science Teacher 2008) Level Question Method Solution 0 Teacher Teacher Teacher 1 Teacher Teacher 2 Teacher 3 Wednesday, October 16, 13
  10. 10. Practical Information Several styles of going “inquiry-based” Style 1: Start low & gradually progress to higher levels Pro: time to develop skills needed at higher levels Con: students resist, little time at higher levels Wednesday, October 16, 13
  11. 11. Practical Information Several styles of going “inquiry-based” Style 2: Start low & quickly progress to higher levels Pro: more time at higher levels Con: too much too fast, can be difficult for students sustain the independence required for highest levels Wednesday, October 16, 13
  12. 12. Practical Information Several styles of going “inquiry-based” Style 3: Use various levels within broad units Pro: experiences at all inquiry levels in varied topics, don’t have to redesign everything at once Wednesday, October 16, 13
  13. 13. Practical Information Tell students WHY you are doing this style esp. important for students who have been successful in the traditional school setting. Get feedback from students & adapt Use “flipped classroom” methods to gain time - use for skills needed at diff. times by diff. students Everything in moderation! Wednesday, October 16, 13
  14. 14. Examples: Acid & Base Intro Activity: Low Level Wednesday, October 16, 13
  15. 15. Examples: Titration Lab - old style Wednesday, October 16, 13
  16. 16. Examples: Titration Lab - today Wednesday, October 16, 13
  17. 17. Examples: Reaction Rates experiment: high level Wednesday, October 16, 13
  18. 18. Thanks! & Questions? SB-CEU code: Starting: Ending: Slides are at - slideshare.net Contact me: Dale Eizenga - Holland Christian H.S. deizenga@hollandchristian.org Wednesday, October 16, 13

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