An Adventure in Inquiry-Based, Student-Centered Teaching
M.O. of Mr. Fairchild’s ProjectReal and RelevantRelated to ScienceInquiry-Based ApproachLiteracy and CommunicationTechnologyEngagement=Learning
What Mr. Fairchild Learned Students ENGAGED and having FUN = LEARNING! Students will rise to the CHALLENGES of narrative- based projects! Make them AUTHENTIC and RELEVANT! PLANNING is key to success!
BIOLOGY TOPICS THAT ALIGN WELL WITH THE “REAL WORLD” GENETICS DISEASE BIOTECHNOLOGY ERADICATION “Real World” Biology Topics ASTROBIOLOGY LOSS OF BIODIVERSITY EVOLUTION
Skills Learned in an Inquiry-Based Classroom Process Skills Observing, Comparing, Classifying, Inferring, Predicting, Communicating, Analyzing, Evaluating Independence Confidence All skills useful inside AND outside the classroom!
Ways To Bring New Forms of Technology into the Classroom Interact with scientific experts through SKYPE Collaborate with others through WIKIs- where users can add, modify, or delete content Help students, and teachers, visualize learning and teaching, and collaborate, through concept mapping (MindMeister, Inspiration)
Biology Topics That Could Be Used For Long Term Projects Genetically Modified Foods and Organisms Defining Life Photosynthesis Biodiversity Molecular Biology and Gene Mapping Ecology
Challenges in a Long-Term, Student-Centered Project Will the school’s administration support it? Students’ access to technology at home and familiarity with support technologies Careful planning is essential to reap all the benefits Students should be familiar with important concepts, technology, and procedures in advance ALL students must have an active role in the project
Role of the Teacher in a Student-Centered Class Guide and Facilitator Stimulate students’ curiosity Assess students’ prior knowledge Create a well managed, organized, and safe classroom Encourage all process skills Monitor student progress on a daily basis