Course 4 - Subtle Shifts: Adapting Activities for Inquiry New and improved! We have updated this course to align with the NGSS.
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Welcome! Do you find that you are more responsible than your students for the inquiry practices in learning activities? Would you like to improve your students’ ability to perform inquiry without reinventing your science labs and lessons? Incorporating inquiry into your classroom doesn’t have to be a difficult or time-consuming process. This Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) Course offers strategies to develop student inquiry science and engineering practices by making subtle shifts to existing lessons.
Upon completion of this VLE, teachers will understand that:
to help learners develop the abilities to do scientific inquiry, teachers need to give students responsibility for using the practices of science.
teachers can make small shifts in existing activities to help learners strengthen their knowledge and ability to perform the practices needed for scientific inquiry.
lessons can be modified in specific ways to achieve particular purposes.
Immediate Application in the Classroom
Teachers will create rigorous and engaging lesson plans and provide students with the opportunity to increase their inquiry skills by making small shifts to existing lessons and labs
Teachers will modify existing lessons and labs in specific ways to achieve particular purposes and to strengthen particular skill sets.
Teachers will feel confident, capable, resourceful, and empowered to cultivate student inquiry in science.