Inquiry in the Science Classroom
We’ve been reading a lot about the benefits of inquiry in science. However, I still didn’t really know how I could apply this in a primary classroom. After doing some research, I found a series of YouTube videos provided by the Ontario Science Centre. It’s a series of 4 videos that follows a primary teacher teaching simple machines.
Video 1: I really enjoyed how they explained that the teacher isn’t an expert in Science or the subject of ‘simple machines.’ It explains the steps she takes to setting up her lessons and inquiry activities.
Video 2: The teacher does an activity of structured inquiry, which is where she gives the question and procedure but not the answer/solution.
Question + Procedure +
Video 3: This video talks a about teacher flexibility and its importance. It also discusses proper questioning for inquiry (open-ended questions).
Video 4: Talks about inquiry skills the students need to build. There are 4 skills they need to learn: Initiating and Planning – Performing and Recording – Analyzing and Interpreting –Communicating
What did you think of this teachers method?