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Invitation to Inquiry

When:
Session Four: Sunday 10:30am–12:00pm
Where:
Room 207
Who:
Eric Brunsell, Elizabeth Alderton, Lucky Mason.
Affiliation: University of Wisconsin - Oshkosh
Conversational Focus/Audience:
All School Levels
Conversation Description:

100 years ago, Dewey wrote that the amount of subject matter is so vast that educators must focus on the methods and techniques of inquiry. An individual's ability to question through experiences was of paramount importance for society. Today, educational leaders, including Linda Darling-Hammond continue to promote inquiry as a powerful teaching approach. Furthermore, a growing research base shows that inquiry-based teaching leads to student learning that is deeper and more flexible than traditional methods. Participants will explore inquiry-based teaching during this session. Example "mini-inquiries" in history, science, mathematics and language arts will be used to begin a discussion of the commonalities between inquiry in different disciplines, challenges to starting an inquiry project, and how to strategically choose the level of teacher involvement during an inquiry project. Participants will deepen their understanding of inquiry as they share their ideas and expertise related to three essential questions: (1) What are the obstacles to inquiry and how can I overcome them, (2) How can I support the success of all students during inquiry projects, and (3) How can I use Web 2.0 tools to enhance inquiry?

Conversational Practice:
Participants will participate in brief "model" inquiries as a way to begin discussions about the nature of inquiry and the place of inquiry in education. We will use a knowledge cafe protocol focused on the following questions: 1. How can I use Web 2.0 tools to enhance inquiry? 2. What are obstacles & how can I overcome them? 3. How can I support all students for success in inquiry? The session will close by providing time for individual reflection.
Website:
http://invitation2inquiry.wikispaces.com/
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