Learning / Readers' Choice
the March/April 2000 issue (vol. 13, Issue 4) of Connect,
a publication of Synergy
A year ago, Connect asked
its readers to suggest a topic for this March-April, 2000, issue.
We received a number of diverse suggestions, but no common theme
emerged. Then, in conversation with staff members of the Exploratorium
in San Francisco, we heard about teachers participating in the
Exploratorium's Institute for Inquiry who were writing about their
on readers' suggestions, we realized that inquiry, problem solving
and helping students to find successful questions to investigate
were common to many of the ideas we had received.
This issue features six articles, all by teachers in the Bay
Area of San Francisco, working at different grade levels and
with a variety of school populations. All the articles deal with
helping students to engage in inquiry learning within their classroom
settings. The teachers are skilled and have worked together extensively
in the Exploratorium's professional development project, the
Institute for Inquiry. In their classrooms, they face a variety
of challenges and their approaches vary, based on the age group,
student needs and other factors. We believe that these teachers'
own work with inquiry learning leads them to tell valuable and
intriguing stories about students becoming questioners, investigators
and communicators. Many of these students look closely at the
world around them and raise significant questions that can extend
their learning remarkably.
Beginning to develop questions about
displacement and buoyancy.
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