The Inquiry Based Classroom (EDIM 513 u06a1)

My thoughts of the inquiry based classroom haven’t changed much over the past six weeks.  I had a grasp of what the inquiry based classroom was and how it could look different in each teacher’s classroom.  I teach 7th grade science and it is not hard to incorporate different types and levels of inquiry.  What has changed over the last six weeks is my knowledge of the different tools that can be used to incorporate inquiry into my classroom.  I have learned so much from each week’s disscussions and the descriptions of what my fellow teacher’s do in their classrooms.  I have learned that there is no one tool when it comes to inquiry.  Different tools, especially Web 2.0 tools, can be used in many different ways and at different levels in the classroom.  The importance is to make sure that you are meeting the learning objective and that your students are engaged in the process.  There is no one right way to incorporate inquiry into the classroom, but that also means there are a lot of wrong ways.  I need to remember that when I am planning an activity or incorporating technology that I am keeping the open format for students to learn and make their own connections and learning in a way so that they can apply their new knowledge.  Inquiry takes a lot of thought and trial and error.  No matter how much I learn, my students are different each year and it feels new again.  I do love that challenge!

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