Monday, April 4, 2011

My thoughts on Inquiry Based Learning wk.3

     This week while learning about Inquiry Based Learning(IBL), I was blown away by variations of the Essential features of Classroom Inquiry as well as watching a video of (IBL) being taught in a classroom. My classroom experience has never incorporated the following features, 
( Wilkes University, EDIM513INB-Topic B: Essential Features of Classroom Inquiry):
  1. The learner engages in questions that can be investigated.
  2. The learner gives priority to evidence in responding to questions.
  3. The learner formulates explanations from evidence.
  4. The learner connects explanations to knowledge.
  5. The learner communicates and justifies explanations. 
     Within many of my classes I believe I accomplished all of those features but not in one classroom. I believe that this process can happen in any classroom depending on how creative the teacher is. The question that hurls at my consciousness is how would you get all of your students to be this engaging when they are below level or disinterested?

     I maybe answering my own question but, providing a classroom with Structured Inquiry, Guided Inquiry, and Open inquiry can help bring additional life to the classroom. Such classrooms  can also feature a teacher centered model, as well as a student centered model. Both provide a great learning experience but student centered learning begins to show how a student is actually benefiting from Inquiry.
     I can't help but to wonder how a teacher can transition from the standard direct teaching to an open inquiry or guided inquiry without losing half the classroom.

My Name is Ben Green,...and this is "Where I've BEN!"

1 comment:

Matt said...

The transition must be a planned process. Start slowly and then grow from there. I recommend finding one or two places that you can incorporate process skills and then gradually scaffold the process for the students.