I decided to do some research on inquiry based learning. I chose this because I think it is something that will go great with the standards without making it seem like you’re not following them. Inquiry based learning is basically triggering student curiosity. Which according to the article I read, sparking curiosity is more important than information delivery. This approach allows the teacher to hand the responsibility over to the students.
This technique is a great way to “combat” the “I don’t know” answer we always get when we ask about what they want to know or learn about. With this approach, it brings excitement to the students and they begin to be curious and want to ask and answer their own questions. To do this as the teacher we should bring in pieces of information that will trigger their enthusiasm and curiosity. This will get their brains working and allow them to come up with good questions and discussions they can have as a class.
There are four steps to inquiry based learning. The first step is that the students come up with questions they are hungry to answer. The second step is researching the topic using class time. Be their model but at the same time allow them to do the research that way they can learn more about the topic and come up with more questions on their own instead of you as the teacher just answering any question they have. The third step is, have students present the information they learned. This allows them to share with the class what new information the learned and hopefully have some input from their classmates. The last step is to ask the students to reflect on what worked and what didn’t work. this will allow them to think about how they learned and not just what they learned.
I think this is such a great approach to use when teaching science or social studies. As I observe different classrooms I can see how students just aren’t engaged in these subject areas as they should be. After reading different articles I feel like what they need is this type of approach. One that gets them thinking and curios, and at the same time wanting to go out and do their own research to share with their classmates.
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