Fundamentals of Inquiry
A workshop for teachers presented by Cincinnati Museum Center
June 19-21, 2012
No power point presentations or lectures in this workshop - just plenty of hands-on activities that can easily be replicated in your classroom!
Get back to the basics of teaching science to your students! Cincinnati Museum Center will host a Fundamentals of Inquiry Teacher Workshop on June 19, 20, and 21, 2012. This hands-on and team-oriented workshop was developed for science educators interested in exploring the theory and practice of inquiry-based teaching with STEM applications.
The workshop illuminates the power of learning science content through inquiry and introduces strategies for providing inquiry experiences in the classroom. Each day will feature creative and challenging activities taught by Cincinnati Museum Center’s science education staff members. Some activities will take place in Museum Center's new Learning, Innovation, Technology and Education (LITE) Lab. Participating teachers receive lunch, snacks, beverages and free parking. The workshop is limited to 20 teachers.
Throughout the workshop, participants have reflective conversations that allow them to "see into" the professional development design process-from the intent of each individual activity to the implementation into their classrooms. This workshop is organized into three sections that illustrate the fundamentals of inquiry- based teaching and learning:
1. Elements in Inquiry
The experiences in this section focus on hands-on approaches and scientific practices related to inquiry learning.
- Discover that different approaches to hands-on teaching support different goals for learning.
- Identify the tools-the scientific practices-needed to carry out investigations, analyzing and interpreting data and arguing from evidence.
- Examine the kinds of questions learners ask about phenomena and find out how to turn "non-investigable" questions into "investigable" ones.
2. Immersion in Inquiry
Plan and conduct investigations that illustrate how science content can be learned through a carefully orchestrated inquiry process. At the same time, the activities illustrate the process of inquiry itself. Explore questions that are fundamental to designing an inquiry experience, including:
- What are good starting points for investigations?
- What roles do materials play?
- How is inquiry learning best facilitated?
- How can conceptual understanding be developed through inquiry?
3. Connections to the classroom
Participants make connections between what they have experienced during the workshop and how current classroom activities can be modified to be modified to incorporate more scientific inquiry.
"There is no better way to learn how to teach than to be asked to do what you will be asking your students to do. This is what they did, and they did it well." - A workshop participant