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Euglena inquiry reflection

“Knowledge emerges only through invention and re-invention, through the restless, impatient, continuing, hopeful inquiry human beings pursue in the world, with the world, and with each other.” ~ Paulo Freire In my previous post, I described my effort to take … Continue reading

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Euglena inquiry

After complaining that I struggle with inquiry in biology, I was confronted with a great opportunity to take a non-inquiry lab and bend it to my inquiry will! The lab involves students observing Euglena (a photosynthetic protist) and their response … Continue reading

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Where to begin the story?

When I have time to plan a lesson in detail, I often put a lot of thought into the “story arc” that I am trying to present. What am I going to at the outset to suck the audience (aka … Continue reading

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Swimming against the stream

Let’s face it, most schools in America do not have an inquiry focus. Most don’t even value the concept! Education is going through a period of great tension. Sometimes the pressure catalyzes innovative schools and classrooms. More often, the default … Continue reading

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Lesson Trial – Argument Writing

Background Inquiry can be broken down into three key areas: questioning, investigation, and argumentation. Without any one of these three legs, inquiry loses its power. Good questions are at the heart of inquiry – I hope that goes without saying. … Continue reading

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Teacher inquiry leads to student inquiry

The more I read and contemplate about inspiring teachers to teach through inquiry, the more I see the forest instead of just the trees… If teachers are to become genuine facilitators of inquiry, they must be inquirers themselves! Research has … Continue reading

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What are the common threads in inquiry?

Inquiry can and should be a central feature of instruction in all classes and content areas at all grade levels. There are many reasons and benefits to inquiry instruction. Student engagement and critical thinking may be the two most critical … Continue reading

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