Moving towards inquiry? A ready-to-use professional development
Posted April 10, 2012on:
Would you like to see student projects kicked up a notch and move students more towards inquiry based learning? Looking for ideas to share with other educators. The Library of Congress Teachers Page Build and Deliver professional development section has two activities for inquiry training session.
Understanding the inquiry process
Participants will work in groups to define the inquiry process. The facilitator will lead a discussion on the Stripling Model of Inquiry. After reading an article, participants will reflect on incorporating inquiry into their instructional setting. After reading an article, participants will reflect on incorporating inquiry into their instructional setting (45 minutes)
Primary sources and inquiry
After participating in a model inquiry activity using a primary source, participants independently practice documenting their own inquiry learning while using primary sources. The group will discuss ways to create inquiry activities with primary sources. (2 hours)
These PDF materials are ready for you to use in a professional development setting. Simply go to http://www.loc.gov/teachers/professionaldevelopment/tpsdirect/pdplanbuilder/ to select an activity. Download the files, become familiar with the resources, and plan your professional development session. Everything you need to lead a staff development session is right there, and free!