Inquiring Minds Do Want to Know

Hood, Kaitlyn; Gerlovich, Jack A.
February 2007
Science & Children;Feb2007, Vol. 44 Issue 6, p42
Academic Journal
Science Experiment
The article shares the guided-inquiry experience of the author that had changed her approach to almost everything in the classroom. Her experience started as part of an undergraduate science methods class at Drake University in Des Moines, Iowa. She wanted to teach science students on how to make a tornado that is beyond the model they had in a bottle. After the success of their experiment, although the students failed on their own, she tried to come up with a formula or a list of guidelines for herself for creating and maintaining this kind of spark in a classroom again. She came up with the inquiry-based lesson that involves trusting the students to learn when given time and responsibility to think on their own.


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