Click on the resource link to view and download a copy of the study guide Inquiry Strategies. Decide whether you want to create an inquiry model for an elementary, middle, or secondary level class. Using the information provided in the study guide, create a document in MS Word format (.doc or .docx) detailing how you would address the following issues in your lesson plan:
- When students have questions, how will you show them how to find the answers themselves? How much time is set aside for this?
- You must try to understand the real question the student has, rather than just the words they have presented. By watching them as they ask the question, and observing their reaction when you respond, you can try to interpret what their actions and posture convey. Do they appear comfortable or confused? How do they react to your response? Consider in your planning how much time you can afford to take for this, and when it should happen.
- When you cannot answer all of the students’ questions and still cover all the material in your lesson plan, how can you make the time to address their needs?
- How much time is dedicated in your plan to a project as opposed to a lecture or verbal instruction? Consider the old Chinese proverb: “Tell me and I’ll forget; show me and I may remember; involve me and I will understand.”
- Inquiry-based classrooms share knowledge. How will this happen?
- What time is set aside for reflection? How will you measure what students have learned? Where can they transfer it, to and with whom?
You can respond to these issues in essay or point form, but be sure to include a narrative that explains how they will be addressed in your lesson plan. Once you have responded to all of the issues, use the tool below to upload a copy of your completed work.